7S, no. 6; newsletter by h.s.)
For the first time in franchise history, the Pirates had to skate in a color other than "Pirate Black" (don't worry guys, we're protesting!). In any case, with our multi-colored wardrobes we looked like a pick-up team, but fortunately we didn't play that way. Our offense dominated almost all the action in the Entropy zone in the opening period. What few pucks got through were quickly jumped on by some ironclad defense featuring Dan Pomphrey and Roger "Elmer Fudd" Weiss. Still, one good bounce found an Entropy (is that even a noun?) on the wing and he managed to crank a slapper that went off the butt-end of my stick and beneath the crossbar. That 1-0 lead would close-out the 1st period scoring.
We dominated again in the 2nd, but Entropy had a nice one-timer in front to gain a 2-0 lead. Finally, all our hustle paid off when the Entropy were caught flat-footed on a delayed offsides and Scott LeMatty fired a pass up ice to a breaking Wildman for the 5-hole put-away against John Arena. Russ neatly tied it up when he had a quick break with time expiring and fired through a screen, but Arena kick-saved the puck to keep it a 2-1 score.
The 3rd period was again mostly played in the Entropy zone: Dan DiPierro was winning faceoffs and skating one of his strongest games to date; Glenn Farkas was blasting shots from all sorts of angles; and Scott was doing his usual job of banging guys on the offensive boards. But as has been the case recently, we couldn't put the puck in and finally we dropped back 3-1 when another Entropy scored with 5:00 minutes remaining in the 3rd. We put on the extra skater with 2:00 remaining and again had possession, but the Entropy managed to headman the puck and add the emptynetter with :12 seconds remaining.
1) DAN DiPIERRO
For a great game on both sides of the blueline.
2) JOHN CASSENS
Our lone goal-scorer (and for spoiling Arena's shutout) -- he only needs a hattrick in the final regular-season game to tie our goal-scoring record!
3) GLENN FARKAS
For all his slapshots (of course, from those weird angles!) on net and strong work on the boards.