4S, no. 10; newsletter by h.s.)
Our second Finals appearance in two Sunday seasons, but this time we had pretty much a full roster (minus Ralz). The Jags C (featuring five "Jags A" players in their 12-man lineup) came out shooting, but the defensive combos of Dan/Russ and Roger/Dave kept them at bey. We had good digging on the offensive boards right from the start, and it was a pinpoint pass from Russ to Jimmy that gave us the 1-0 lead in the 1st period. We carried that narrow lead into the break.
The 2nd period got a bit more physical (Scooby vs. Gucci!), but we had great puck movement from side-to-side and Wildman (assist to Jimmy) put us up 2-0 it's a powerplay goal! Jimmy would add his second of the night (a wrister, top shelf) on a great pass from Scott LeMatty. Nick would set-up Dan DiPierro to close out our scoring barrage, giving us the dominant 4-0 score after two.
Although we seemed to have a great lead, two quick goals by the Jags' Captain (one off a defensive zone face-off) narrowed the lead to 4-2, and started to swing the momentum. We regrouped, however, and played the final 8:00 minutes with ironclad D that didn't allow the Jags to gain the zone. Wildman scooped the puck off the offensive boards with about 3:30 left and scored his second of the night a goal that visibly took the wind out of the Jags and .... WE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP! Kudos to: Roger (for remaining cool behind the net while Jags circled everywhere); Scooby (forgetting them all riled-up and off their game); Russ/Jimmy (for being a deadly offensive combo); Dan DiPierro (for his goal and two-way play that prevented critical Jag breakaways).
1) JIMMY FERRARO
For a 3-point Final's game.
2) JOHN CASSENS
For earning his Wildman nickname with tenacious play and, on the strength of his final goal, ending any Jag comeback intentions.
3) DAN POMPHREY
For owning the right-side of the ice from our blueline back and for covering when the other "D" went on the offensive.