5W, no. 7; newsletter by h.s.)
Our final game before the playoffs was a rematch against the Phantoms (we lost 4-2 previously). We were playing with a 2-man bench, but it was the Phantoms (looking for the breakout pass?) who were continually icing the puck.
After a scoreless first period, the Phantoms got on the board at 14:30 of the 2nd with a bizarre angle shot that bounced off my skate (to quote Brian Newcomb who was standing next to me, "How in the hell did that go in?!"). Fortunately on the following play, Scott Miller dug the puck from behind the Phantoms' net and lasered a pass to Chris who one-timed it beautifully to tie it up. That 1-1 score would hold for the remainder of the period.
In the 3rd period, Russ did one of his coast-to-coast moves with 7:30 remaining to give us the 2-1 lead. The Phantoms called a timeout to regroup, and they did immediately as they were able to swarm our zone and put in a third rebound to tie things up with about 4:30 left. It looked like that's how the game would end until Russ somehow banked one off their goalie with only :30 left. Although things looked like a done deal, the fat lady did not sing quite yet ... After our timeout the Phantoms won the last faceoff and with :17 remaining a bouncing puck found a Phantom, who slapped one high, blocker-side to tie it up once again. Kudos to Scott for his second consecutive Wednesday scoring title. His 11 points is a new Pirate record (narrowly passing Russ' 10-point mark). Also, kudos to Roger his two penalties last night gave him the all-time Pirate Penalty minute record.
1) CHRIS GOIONE
For the first score, and one of the quickest releases I've seen the goalie never saw it coming.
2) RUSS NICOLOSI
For giving us the lead twice.
3) BRIAN KLEIMAN
For his all around good game. hustle, hustle, hustle.