5W, no. 4; newsletter by h.s.)
The last time we met the Jags A we lost 9-0, so keeping that in mind, we had a great night. We survived the first shift well, but then a barrage of three unanswered goals in about a 4:00-minute span kinda sobered us up a bit. We dug in our heels though, and ended the period on a high note when Scott (yes, Scott Miller again) scored. We took that 3-1 score into the first break.
Special guest star Matt Nicolosi (yes, he is related to Russ in case you didn't figure that out) then scored at the beginning of the 2nd on a feed from another guest star, Dan Pomphrey (yes, Danny was back!) to close the gap to just one goal, 3-2. We played tough but scoreless the next 5:00 minutes until an unfortunate incident took place that we will not dwell on suffice to say, that I am no Martin Brodeur when it comes to stickhandling. The Jags A would add another goal off a defensive-zone faceoff to make it 5-2 and that would close out the period's scoring.
The only other score in the game was another by the Jags, and although the score might not show it, we really hung with those guys for the whole game (and improved as the game went on). Other notable moments: Roger's awesome sliding blocked-shot save in the 2nd; Glen Chambers restraint on not retaliating on a cheap shot (we got a powerplay on that hit); Russ bending his thumb back to his wrist (ouch).
1) MATT NICOLOSI
For showing-up (first time in a Pirate uniform in years) and getting a goal for us.
2) DAN POMPHREY
After a couple of shifts, it was just like old times.
3) NICK GARGUILO
For giving Matt the extra gear in the back of his car!