4S, no. 7; newsletter by h.s.)
Russ got us off to a quick start on our first shift by scoring from the blueline to beat John Arena at 13:30. Not too long after, with sustained pressure, Glenn-man carried the puck into the corner and waited for Russ to break across center for a one-timer and 2-0 lead.
We held that until late in the period when at the tail end of a powerplay Downey shot a long one that glanced-off my glovehand and into the net (aaugh).
That 2-1 score held all the way until the 3rd period, when the Rage again beat me on an excruciatingly-long shot that skipped into the low corner (maybe changing in the locker room was "bad luck" after all). We took a late penalty at the 3:20 mark in the 3rd, but killed that off and threatened twice with time running out; both breakaways were stopped and the tie (our second one this season against the Rage) stood.
1) RUSS NICOLOSI
For tallying both Pirate goals and finishing as the regular-season points leader.
2) DAVE MATTHEWS
A solid outing on D and a good job of covering when Roger and Russ carried up ice (and also for a great Roddy Dangerfield imitation at the post-game parking lot gathering).for his goal, of course).
3) GLENN FARKAS
For pin-pointing Russ with that great pass for the second goal of the night.