10W, no. 6; newsletter by b.n.)
What is there else to say?
Who would of thought that we would get a full contingent of skaters (11 if you count the goalie) for an 11:00 p.m. game? Well I guess if you had not played hockey in a month and a half, you would be less likely to miss a game.
And who would have thought that I would have nothing to write about?
I'm not kidding.
Why do you think I'm adding all these blank lines. That is of course if Harris doesn't edit them out. (editor's note: i've edited out spaces from here on out)
Wow! Two Spaces.
No seriously, I was sitting on the bench the other day, when it dawned on me somewhere in the 3rd period that I was supposed to be paying attention to the game so I could write about it in the newsletter. Whoops! So without further ado, here's what remember ...
Our second game back from hiatus saw us up against the Jags. In the olden days, we used to identify the Jags as either A or B (or C if Harris happened to be playing for them ... but that is another story). Anyway, when I walked into the rink, I thought I was late for the game, because I saw all the Jags skating around, but as it turned out, it was not the Jags, but in fact the Marlins. When that game ended, half the team stayed on the bench, and the Marlins suddenly became the Jags. Harris had a date with the now-unemployed Ally McBeal, so Doug Collimore was filling in for us. The lines for the first shift were Scotty LeMatty, #67 and Chris on offense, while on defense it was Chambers and Russ. The second line consisted of The Millers and Ferraro on offense and Dave and somebody else on defense. That is about all I can really remember.
Things got off to a slow start. Before we knew it, it was 1-0. I wish I could remember the goal. But I can't. I think it beat Doug to the left side, but one cannot be certain. I do remember the second goal though the Jag guy was able to somehow sneak it past Doug even though there were two Pirates draped all over him.
The 2nd Period saw the usual swap of Russ moving to O while #67 moved to D. The Jags were able to put another one past Doug (which might have actually been in the 1st period, but I just flat out don't remember). About the only thing I remember from the 2nd was when Dave clanked the crossbar on a shot from the blueline.
As I said earlier, at some point in the 3rd, I suddenly realized that I should be paying more attention. I remember Russ telling us that we all had to step it up, and lo and behold after being shut out for the first two periods by some great plays by the Jag's goalie, Jimmy Ferraro crashed the net and scored with 9:00 minutes remaining in the 3rd. Later in the period, Russ worked a great pass to Scotty LeMatty at the blueline who worked it right back to Russ; Russ gave the goalie the in/out move and put us within one. Chambers had a great shot from the blueline later in the period and everyone could sense that we were on a roll. Things got a little scary when #67 had major trouble playing a puck in front of his own net; suddenly, a Jag swooped in all alone on Doug and fired one of the post. Obviously aware of #67's troubles, Russ called him off a puck with time winding down and took the puck himself; Russ skated across the blueline and worked it to LeMatty who would tie the game at 3-3. The Pirates would keep the pressure on when Chris found himself alone in front of the net and deflected a puck just wide of the goal.
1) RUSS NICOLOSI
For his goals, setups and leadership.
2) SCOTT LeMATTY
For being on a tear (even more than usual) after the All-Star break.
3) DOUG COLLIMORE
For his goaltending (once Dave and Roger got out of his way).