12S, no. 7; newsletter by c.g.)
Going into last evenings game the Pirates were a dreadful 1-3-2 on the season. If you throw in the Wednesday team's record of 0-3, you can see that 2002 ended on a sour note to say the least. So here we are, in a brand new year ready to atone for the misfortune of the recent past. Our opponents for the evening were the Jaguars A certainly no slouches there, but a team we have matched-up with well in the past.
The Pirates started the evening with nine skaters (as we were missing both Jim Ferraro and Mike Farrell editor's note: beer fines will be levied!). The offensive lines consisted of Ralz-LeMatty-DiPierro and Wildman-Goione-Farkas, while a three-man rotation of Scooby-Weiss-Nicolosi manned the blueline.
The 1st period started-off with a bang, as Scooby blasted home a rebound off a Nicolosi shot at the 1:00 minute mark to complete the all defensive score. The Pirates were tested shortly thereafter, as Russ was sent to the box just 2:00 minutes into the game with a slashing penalty; the Pirates killed that one off and even registered some pressure, as Farkas and Goione got off several good shots while shorthanded. The score remained 1-0 through the remainder of the period, as Harris and the defense were able to keep the Jags off the board during a last-minute flurry.
The Jaguars answered right back to start the 2nd, however, as Giordano one-timed a pass from behind the net for the game-tying goal less than :30 seconds into the period. The Jaguars just seemed to turn it on from there, as they scored their second goal 2:30 minutes later on a Gucci blast from the left point through a maze of bodies in the defensive zone. By the time the 10:00 minute mark rolled around, the Jaguars had a commanding 4-1 lead, and the Pirates took a time-out to try and gather themselves together.
In the 3rd period, Russ gathered his second penalty of the evening when he leveled a Jaguar player trying to dipsy-doodle his way into the slot; the Pirates almost killed off the powerplay, but the Jaguars found two-men open just above the crease with less than :05 seconds remaining and blasted a goal topshelf for the 5-1 lead. The Pirates battled hard for the remainder of the 3rd period, and Ralz was able to draw us one closer at the 12:00 minute mark with an off-angle shot from that caught Casey flatfooted (assist to Dan).
And so it was to be, after seven games the Pirates stand at a disappointing 1-4-2, and probably out of any playoff scenarios. Next week when we play the Jaguars B, we will face the only team we have managed to beat this season but as everyone knows, we may just find ourselves matched-up against the same team as Sunday evening.
1) ED SOUTHWORTH
His quick reflexes gave us the 1-0 lead, which held up through the 1st.
2) DAN DIPIERRO
For his strong play in both zones, and setting -up Ralz for the final tally of the evening.
3) TIM HAND
For his late goal that made it somewhat more respectable.