3W, no. 4; newsletter by h.s.)
The Jags A usually come out and manhandle us, playing the body and scoring at will -- last night had the makings of something different though. The first half of the opening period was fought as a defensive battle (not helped by the absence of our big man, Jim Crowley, on defense), but we challenged back with some aggressive play as the period went on and the 0-0 score at the break was a good sign for us.
We took that momentum to a new level in the opening half of the 2nd period when we scored three goals in an 8:00 minute barrage. The first, a powerplay goal from the point by Roger (courtesy of a Wildman pass), pierced the D and tucked in top shelf. Chris then added his first tally of the season with some aggressive crease play on a deflection. Shortly after, Glen Chambers was working behind the net and lifted a puck in front that a Jag defensive man mistakenly put into his own goal. The 3-0 lead was a shocker I think to us and the Jags -- and they came storming back on offense for the remainder of the period. By the period's end our 3-goal lead had dwindled to a 1-goal lead (one from a scrum in front and the other on breakaway), but our main concern was killing off a penalty that we got in the closing moments of the 2nd (was that on Glen Chambers?!).
The penalty kill at the opening of the 3rd was amazing we'd worked the puck in deep and fall back, then intecept another and start over. The Jags had hardly a shot in the entire 2 minutes. Unbelievable hustle by Scott Miller, BB and Brian and the some blcoked shots by Russ and Dave helped us carry the 1-goal lead into the final 3 minutes. We had just killed-off another powerplay (on a controversial call on Roger during an excellent defensive play) when the Jags captialized on the next face-off in our zone. They passed to their hotshot on the point who went top shelf for the tying goal. About a minute later, the Jags won a face-off at center ice and worked it into our zone for the game-winner (which wasn't as difficult as it sounds since I was sprawled out after losing a screw on my back wheel). Too good of an effort for the results, but we played a hell of game and the Jags knew it.
1) ROGER WEISS
For his 2-way Brian Leetch-esque play that got him a goal and an assist.
2) CHRIS GOIONE
For his goal (and almost 2nd goal!) of the season.
3) GLEN CHAMBERS
When battling some flu symptoms and still getting it done. And for proving there is no such thing as a bad shot.