18W, no. 4; newsletter by c.g.)
I don't know maybe it's the weather, or something to do with Wednesday night hockey, but whatever the reason these newsletters keep taking longer to write. So it goes. And this, even with an undefeated streak going on Wednesdays ...
The Pirates lined-up against the Jamokes, who now reside a division higher than we do, and put their 2-0-1 record on the line. By now we all realize that if we play our best game we can compete with just about any team in the league, but the problem is for whatever reason we don't always play that “best game.” This past Wednesday, though, was one of those good nights.
With Jimmy Ferraro absent, Russ moved to center and during the 1st period (after a face-off deep in the Jamokes zone) he buried a shot off the crossbar and in. The remainder of the game was a defensive battle, as both teams goalies were red hot, and thwarted any good chances by the opposition. Mike Farrell helped to bolster an already solid blueline, and added an offensive spark going up the rink.
The Pirates rode that 1-0 lead deep into the 3rd period. Then Richardson fed a breakout pass to #19 who went around a Jamoke player and dug the puck out of the corner to feed Craig in the slot for the one-timer, and the 2-0 lead. With a little bit of a cushion the Pirates could settle in and concentrate on helping Harris to record the shutout (including Evan running a skating clinic behind the Jamoke net and killing-off some precious time). With the clock winding down the Pirates recorded another victory, and Harris earned his second shutout of the young season.
For “the zero.”
2) RUSS NICOLOSI
For the GWG — and a beautiful one at that.
3) CRAIG SUDOL
For a great one-timer off a laser-like pass.