(vol. 6W, no. 3; newsletter by b.n.)
Our 3rd game in our Title defense began on some great notes: Glen Chambers was back from the D.L., Scott Miller rejoined the line-up after closing on his house and getting throat surgery, and we had the new Championship shirts to boot.

After pressing and controlling most of the 1st, Steve Polukard capitalized on a breakaway by knocking in his own rebound for the 1-0 lead. The Gerrys would add a second goal off another breakaway when they banged a great shot off the top post and in. That 2-0 score would close out the 1st.

The 2nd period had an ominous feel to it when the ref inexplicably waved off an icing call in our end; Steve Polukard raced down ice and beat our defenseman by a moment and shuffled a pass in front for the one-timer goal and the 3-0 lead. Although we were generating some great chances, their substitute goalie looked unbeatable until Brian shot through a screen (from an angle that hasn't even been invented yet) to get us on the board. That 3-1 score closed out the 2nd.

We opened up the 3rd period on fire and scored on our first shift when Chris dug the puck off the boards and fed Wildman up the middle for the score — I think it was 5-hole if I'm not mistaken (incidentally, that assist made Chris the current Sunday/Wednesday combined assist leader with 4). Right after that we went on the powerplay (which were pretty scarce last night) and — just moments into it — Scott Miller headmanned the puck to Nick who found Russ for the shot and the tying goal, 3-3. Our momentum was steamrolling and with only 2:00 minutes remaining Russ banged another shot in for the go-ahead goal, 4-3. We had put together four unanswered goals with a 3-goal 3rd period! But the Pirate Curse loomed large and with only 1:04 remaining the Gerrys won a critical faceoff and passed across center where it was momentarily deflected by Scott Miller; the puck fell just out of his reach though, and a Gerry gained control and fired a skipping shot — Scott dove, but it went just under him and between my arm and body. The comeback of the year became a tie, but most of us felt like it was more of a loss.

TIE 4-4


For scoring the tying goal and then the GWG which, a minute later, became the tying goal again.

For his 2nd goal in weeks — is this the start of a streak?

For his 2nd goal in weeks — is this the start of a streak?