17W, no. 5; newsletter by k.r.)
About Wednesday's game: Look on the bright side. Yeah, the bright side ... (insert pregnant pause) ... For the first time in about three weeks the Pirates fielded a full bench of ten skaters; after the results, however, we may want to rethink this strategy. The only highlight of the evening was that Chris Goione was able to suit-up in just over 5:00 minutes to avoid getting trampled by the kids coming off the ice from the prior game this was probably a first.
So, due to the lack of other highlights, this is going to be more of a rant than a newsletter. I am reluctant to list the roster for the game but I figure that when we play well we are all mentioned, so let's do the same for this bloodletting if for nothing else than the embarrassment factor. The forward lines were Jimmy F.-The Miller Bros. and Chris-Wildman-Craig Sudol (who, contrary to Scott Miller's firm belief, is not a radio jock); Keith-Brian N. and Russ-Dave M. were the defensive pairs. This is just this writer's opinion, but the only good plays of the night that I could see were a few from Brian and Dave M. Brian played well on defense (he positioned himself where he needed to be) considering he's a centerman by trade. As for Dave, I noticed a couple occasions where he busted his butt to get back into the defensive zone and break up some odd-man rushes. As for the rest of us the only thing worth mentioning came late in the 3rd period when #7 on the Red Stars felt that an 8-0 lead was a good time to take a few runs at some Pirates down eight-to-zip, it was good to see teammates sticking up for one and other. Remember boys, to see the bright side we may have to strain a little.