5W, no. 2; newsletter by h.s.)
Ok, so here's the setting: Scott goes into a playoff scoring drought because his wife could give birth any second and the guy is preoccupied; then, his wife finally has the baby and WHAM-O! Scott scores four goals in a row. We jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead (Scott getting the hattrick in the 1st period a new Pirate record); Brian Newcomb (back on the roster full-time now after losing his gig as a wedding videographer) assists on the first, and Dave Matthews (playing up) assists on the next two.
The 2nd period brings a comeback for the Jags when Gucci dodges three Pirates in our zone and beats me far post, high. Not too long after a miscue between Russ and me results in a mistaken feed to a Jag who plucks it into the empty net, reducing our lead to just one. We escape the period up 3-2 though.
In the 3rd, after a Jags run up ice that threatened to be the tying goal, Roger (from his knees) passes an alley-oop which Scott converts into fourth tally of the evening. After getting our insurance goal back, Dave Matthews then skates cross ice and, using a couple of Jags' as a screen, blasts a shot for the 5-2 lead. Notable performances: Roger (who had about four should have been goals), Nick (for owning the offensive boards), Brian (for nipping a puck with the end of his skate that was destined for Gucci's stick on a breakaway in the 3rd), Glen Chambers (for continued hard two-way play) and Jim (who didn't miss a beat on playing the body).
1) SCOTT MILLER
For his four freakin' goals. 'nuff said.
2) DAVE MATTHEWS
For his three-point, offensive outing.).
3) JIM CROWLEY
For shutting everything down on our side of the red line. Jimmy on the first goal and Glenn on the second. The final season stats have been revised and, ironically, both Glenn and Jimmy end-up gridlocked in 2nd place with identical 7-point seasons.