13S, no. 4; newsletter by c.g.)
With the Pirates sporting an impressive 2-1 record, they laced-up to play the Jaguars B in a Sunday night slugfest (more on that later). By now you all know the tale of the Jaguars and the ever-changing lineup, so I won't go too far into it here, however it is always curious when the opponents lineup features two players sporting the C, and a few more with As, as was the case this past week.
The Pirates started play with ten skaters (missing only Ralz on offense). Russ shook things up by putting together the line combos of Ferraro-Farkas-DiPierro and LeMatty-Wildman-Goione, while the defense consisted of Russ-Farrel, and Roger-Scooby.
Ferraro's line got things off to a quick start as Jimmy netted two goals on his first two shifts. Both of his goals were set up by perfect passes from Roger See I can play Offense Weiss, who had skated deep into the offensive zone each time. Glenn Farkas got into the act by banging home a goal on a pass from Scooby for the 3-0 1st period lead.
DiPierro would add another tally early in the 2nd as he put away a loose puck in front from a Glenn Farkas shot, and the 4-0 Pirate lead. The Jaguars up to this point were stymied by our defensive tandems as the foursomes turned away most every good opportunity. On the few good plays that did get past them, Harris was more than up to the task and was giving the Jaguars fits with one great save after another. The Jaguars would finally solve Harris with a little more than :01 to play in the 2nd period to draw within three, 4-1.
Scott LeMatty would finish out the Pirates scoring in the 3rd as he received a breakout pass from Goione that split the D and allowed LeMatty with a Jag literally hanging off his arm to deke the goalie for the 5-1 score. The Jaguars were not pleased with the Pirates handling of them, and one of their Captains decided he had seen enough and went after LeMatty by crosschecking him from behind into the boards. Some wrestling and a few punches later and LeMatty was being helped from the rink with a popped hamstring suffered during the inevitable, awkward fight-fall. Scott is day-to-day, but we're hoping he'll be in the lineup for this Sunday's match.
Overall, another good night for the Pirates as they roll along through the Sunday season. Next stop, Dire Wolves.
1) JIMMY FERRARO
Two goals on two shifts.
2) ROGER WEISS
For tough play on both sides of the blueline and some heads-up passing.
3) DAN DIPIERRO
For great positional play and covering for rushing defensemen (and still netting a goal).