2S, no. 7; newsletter by h.s.)
One of my least favorite rivals, due to their chippy even somewhat violent playing style Howell Hockey did not disappoint last night when they came out swinging sticks and throwing bodies. A questionable referee call put them on the powerplay first and after a great kill for 1:30 of the penalty, they won a faceoff in our zone and scored down low. Ralz evened things up pretty quick, scoring on the next play. Not too long after, one of their forwards pinpointed a shot upper short post, from a non-existent angle, to give them a 2-1 lead at the first break.
Some great pressure by them forced a turnover in our zone at the start of the second, and they went up 3-1 briefly before Scott LeMatty fought his way down the ice and into their crease for a Pirate goal (credit to Ralz on the assist). Unfortunately, Scott got into a scuffle with their goaltender when he was hit after the score, and somehow Howell Hockey ended-up on the Powerplay again. This time we killed it without event. At the end of the period, one of their guys powered-up the boards and a quick wrist shot gave them the 2-goal edge again going into the second break.
They added a shorthanded goal in the 3rd, but Russ tallied his 9th of the season to keep the game at a 2-goal spread. Some terrific D kept the game even including a great hustle by Gary to get back and break-up a breakaway. They added one more on bouncing puck scramble in our crease, but we played them tough right to the buzzer.
1) GARY BLEIBERG
For his agressive two-way play and his cool headedness during some chippy moments.
2) TIM HAND
For his goal + assist.
3) GLENN FARKAS
For getting back his hustle more with every game and getting to every loose puck in their zone.