5S, no. 1; newsletter by h.s.)
Our Title defense for the new season began with a rematch of last season's Finals vs. the Jags B. The Jags had a new goalie in net and a strong desire to get revenge and take a few bodies down trying.
The action was end-to-end in the first, but no one could get a puck in. Then with just seconds left in the 1st Chris (who joins our Sunday team in Glenn Farkas' temporary absence for this season) pulled one off the boards and got it to Wildman who fed Scott LeMatty for the goal as the buzzer sounded.
During the 2nd and 3rd periods, Jimmy Ferraro put in a pair of goals (in front of his own cheering section that he imported for the game) to widen the lead 3-0. The real action, though, was on the boards as the physical play began to escalate and penalties were flying. Our game stayed focused and the "D" of Scott, Dave, Dan and Russ just kept them on the other side of the blueline (especially late in the 3rd when they were trying to press). Ralz, Scooby, Dan D. and Wildman were key against the offensive boards and refused to be intimidated by the hitting, while Chris always seemed to be in front of the net or digging pucks out from in back. All-in-all, a great game #1!
1) SCOTT LeMATTY
For his GWG and for tirelessly carrying the puck during the final 5:00 minutes he was unstoppable.
2) JIMMY FERRARO
For his 2 goals an off night for him, but he's trying.
For shutout. thanks for all the help, guys!