18S, no. 7; newsletter by c.g.)
It would seem that the Sunday Night Pirates are finally coming together with their win over the Bulldogs this past weekend. And while a win is great, things are not always as they seem.
The game started a bit late as the Bulldogs looked in vain for a goalie to play for them. So with the clock already running, the Pirates faced a tough Bulldog team minus a goalie. As the game began, both Mike Farrell (who was there filling-in for an injured Russ) and Kevin (who happens to be on the roster), watched from the sidelines, apparently not wanting to play in what would surely be a lopsided, easy Pirate victory.
As the 1st period progressed the Bulldogs kept adding players until they had a strong, full bench but still no netminder. Scooby and Tim got us on the board early when they fired shots at the empty Bulldog net, but it was the Bulldogs who controlled the play. Thanks to Harris and some key defensive blocks our slim 2-1 lead after the first break was widened to a comfortable 5-1 lead after the 2nd period buzzer. During that period, Mike and Kevin joined the lineup and the Pirates also boasted ten skaters.
The Bulldogs were not done however, and drew the game closer and closer during the final 15:00 minutes. As the final buzzer sounded, the Pirates four-goal lead had dwindled to only two goals. Of the eight Pirates goals, only three had a primary assist. Much to the Bulldogs' credit, they won the 3rd period 5-3, which included a powerplay goal in the final minutes. Overall the Bulldogs controlled the play in the second half of the game and, had they had a goalie in place, the outcome would surely have been different. So while technically it goes down as a win, things aren't always as they seem.
1) SCOTT LEMATTY
For a bunch of points and lots of playmaking.
2) JOHN CASSENS
For a bunch of points and lots of playmaking. (Hey, it's Deja Vu all over again!)