6W, no. 6; newsletter by b.n.)
The Coastal Pirates entered last night's contest reeling with an 0-4-1 record; add to that the fact that no Pirate had scored in six periods, and you could rightfully say we were in a bit of a slump.
Russ quickly put the scoring drought aspect of our game to rest, however, when he scored in the opening minute of the 1st (assist to Wildman). We continued to apply pressure, but the Jags evened the score at 1-1 on a one-timer dug out from behind our net, with just over 5:00 on the clock. A minute later, The Jags added another on a give-and-go breakaway by Gucci who deked Harris for the 2-1 lead. The score remained that way into the 1st break.
The 2nd started off well as Dave, on the opening faceoff, fired a slapshot off a feed from Allen; the shot deflected shortside off the goalie's stick and in. The score stayed knotted at 2-2 until the Jags executed a nice pass play to the openman in front of our net for the easy bang in. We had a bunch ofopportunities through the 2nd but couldn't seem to bury one, even on a Jagsgoalie that was looking a bit shaky.
We started the 3rd as we had the othertwo periods by scoring in the first 2:00 minutes; we would tie the gameat 3-3 on Russ' second tally of the night (assist to BB). We had new lifeand played strongly for the next 10:00 minutes. The line of Nukem'/BB/Allenplayed well hustling to the loose pucks, and almost converting on severaloccasions. At the 4:30 mark, though, the Jags called a timeout with thefaceoff deep in our zone; on the ensuing faceoff the puck squirted back to the Jags point man (who narrowly missed a charging BB) who got the puckacross ice for a slapshot from the point that banged off Harris' wrist andinto the netting and the 4-3 lead. With 1:30 remaining, we pulled our goaliefor the extra attacker. Brian won several key faceoffs deep in the Jags zone(including one that ended up exactly as planned on Russ' stick), but unfortunately the puck couldn't find the net. During one skirmish the Jags received a cross-checking penalty giving us a 6-on-4 advantage deep in the offensive zone. After the faceoff, the Jags were able to get control and send the puck the length of the ice for the icing call ... but wait, ... it was a powerplay so there was no icing, and the faceoff went back out to center ice. The Jags easily won that draw, and threw the puck from the other side of center into the open net for the score.
Overall a pretty well-played game, but certainly an opportunity lost. We had a ton of chances, but as has been the case for awhile, we weren't able to convert on the chances we had, and the defending B division Champs will enter Week #7 at 0-5-1.
1) RUSS NICOLOSI
For his 2 goals, and almost completing the hat for the tie.
2) DAVE MATTHEWS
For his 2nd period goal and good all around hustle at breaking-up fast breaks.
3) GLEN CHAMBERS
He's become a consistently-strong member of the Blueline crew not afraid to put his body on the line!