15W, no. 5; newsletter by k.r.)
It was Miller High Life night at GoodSports: Scott was lighting up the scoreboard with two pair (two goals, two assists) and brother Evan added an assist of his own, as the Pirates defeated the Phantoms. Honorary Miller brother Chris G. (as he skated on their right side), would also add a goal of his own. The second line consisted of Wildman-Allen-and your favorite #67, while Keith, Mike and Dave filled-in the lineup on the blueline. It was an all-around solid game for the Pirates especially the special teams (both the powerplay and penalty kill would prove to be potent).
The 1st period opened with good two-way flow. On the opening shift, Brian (#67) fed the puck from the behind the net and found Allen in the crease; as the goalie was flailing on the ground, Allen calmly pulled the puck back away from the cage and then scored over the keeper for the quick 1-0 Pirate lead. The Phantoms would knot things up at 1-1 on the next shift, however, when one of their forwards put a one-armed shot into the net as Harris carefully slid out of the way in slow motion. This would be the closest they would come for the rest of the night though, as the Pirates took it up a notch from this point on. The crease would again be a friendly place for the Pirates when Scott Miller found Chris for a nice redirection with the shaft of his (new) stick out of midair to give us back the lead at 2-1. As the period was winding down, a Phantoms' skater was issued 4:00 minute misconduct and an additional 10:00 minute something-or-other. Our powerplay would carry over into the 2nd period.
Is it me or does it seem that even when the opposition scores, Mike Farrell seems to make the score sheet? I digress. Mike would notch the first of our powerplay goals in the 2nd on a blast from the left point on a feed from that Scott Miller guy. The Phantoms would put a little pressure on from time to time, but we stayed in control and carried the period. Scott would add his first score of the night before the the second buzzer sounded, giving the Pirates a three-goal lead, 4-1.
The 3rd was the time for special teams to take over. It would be the Phantoms who scored first in the third frame to bring the game closer at 4-2. Then, with the Pirates going shorthanded because of a delay of game penalty, it was getting closer. The Phantoms can cause some concern with their two real good stickhandlers who have played together for awhile, but the penalty killers stepped-up and squashed any attack that came our way. The scoring was closed out by Scott on the powerplay when Keith chased down the puck in the corner and found Scott in the crease with a pass through a defender's legs; Scotty tipped it over the keeper for our second powerplay goal of the night, securing the 5-2 win. Great game boys.
1) SCOTT MILLER
For his 4-point evening and even more amazingly playing on a night when the Yanks were having a game.
2) ALLEN SNYDER
For his patient goal to get things started, and for guarding the red line late in the game.
3) CHRIS GOIONE
For a nice goal and for sponsoring the post game meeting.