2W, no. 8; newsletter by h.s.)
Even though both teams had a first-round playoff bye, last night's scrimmage was an intense one. The Rats had beaten us 6-1 earlier this season (we scored a late goal that game to spoil their shutout). This time the Rats again got on the board first, but Roger quickly evened things up when he cruised down the middle and blasted a shot high blocker side. Not too long after, Jim Crowley'helped one of the Rats into the corner at about 100mph. Jim took a penalty on that play and after they scraped the other player off the wall, they scored on a face-off in our zone for the powerplay goal. The 2-1 score brought us to the first break.
Wildman exploded in the 2nd period, tallying a pair of goals. The first came on a rebound from a big slapshot from Jim Crowley at the point (the result of a winning draw from Brian Newcomb) and the second was off a pass also from Brian that gave us the 3-2 lead. Chris had a stellar performance throughout the game, but especially shined during the second when he continually fed pucks in the slot and worked the puck out of the corners.
Our 3-2 lead diminished quickly in the 3rd, when we found ourselves fighting off the swarming Rats in our zone which resulting in twogoals. We trailed 4-3 with a bit over 6:00 minutes left, when Brian Newcomb (just outside the crease) one-timed a feed from Chris for the tying goal. The tie was only temporary, however, as they Rats continued to press and added a late pair.
1) JIM CROWLEY
For his stand up defense throughout. He dominated his section of the ice and hustled-up continually as an offensive force.
2) CHRIS GOIONE
For his consistent presence in the Rats zone and generously passing and setting-up numerous scoring opportunities.
3) JOHN CASSENS
For his pair of goals nearly a hat-trick.