3S, no. 8; newsletter by h.s.)
Our final game before the "new format" 2-game playoffs, gave us a chance to finish the season with our best regular-season record in franchise history. A 1-2-3 pass play (worthy of SportsCenter!) from Russ to Scooby to Dan DiPierro in front gave us the 1-0 lead and that was the only score in the first two periods.
A diving Russ saved a bouncing puck from falling into our net in the 2nd, and tough play by Scooby and Scott Lematty on the offensive boards kept the Sabre "D" hustling all night. Finally, in the 3rd, Glenn Farkas broke down center ice and slapped a fast, low shot by Downey (the big guy on D) and John Arena (who was one of three non-Sabres who bulked-up their diminished roster). That insurance goal gave us a boost since we were having trouble converting other scoring chances. A couple of close calls towards the end with an extra Sabre skater (one of them saved by Russ again with seconds left), but we held tight for the win. We finish the season with a 5-1-2 record.
1) DAN DiPIERRO
For the GWG off a terrific combo.
2) GLENN FARKAS
For his first goal with his new magic skates.
For these shutouts don't happen too often, so I gotta take a Skull for that!