9S, no. 10; newsletter by c.g.)
Sunday's game against The Jaguar B was one alot of Pirates would probably want to forget. We went into the game with eight skaters (missing Ralz, Russ, and Dan DiPierro) which always makes for juggling lines with five forwards and three defensivemen.
Even still, the Pirates seemed confident to start the game. Suffice it to say the confidence was misplaced through the first two periods, as the Jaguars jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Guglielmelli (a.k.a. Gucci) was the main reason for the Jaguar lead as he completed his hat trick midway through the 2nd.
That is not to say the Pirates played poorly on the contrary we had some good opportunities, but we couldn't find the back of the net: Wildman was alone in the slot at one point in the 1st, but couldn't solve the Jags' new goalie; Ferraro was absolutely robbed on a one timer right in front of the net, after a perfect feed from LeMatty; and later Scott had what looked to be a sure goal turned away. There were also some defensive highlights as both Dave and Scooby carried pucks end-to-end only to come up empty.
Wildman finally got the Pirates on the board in the 3rd on a feed from Jimmy, and a charging Scooby. Later in the period, Wildman would net his second of the night a shorthanded goal while Ferraro sat in the box. Lastly, Scooby would add his own tally (unassisted) to make it a three goal Pirate 3rd period. Unfortunately, Gucci and the Jags kept-up their scoring ways also, and added two more for a 6-3 final score.
With the loss, the Pirates are clinging to a playoff spot with the final game of the season probably deciding whether they can defend their Sunday night crown, or will end up on the outside looking in. Next Sundays game against the Blizzard looms largely on the horizon.
1) ED SOUTHWORTH
For his 2-point night and some major defensive work blocking several Jag shots while sprawled on the ice.
2) JOHN CASSENS
For his 2 goals, and great hustle as usual.
3) DAVE MATTHEWS
For his great hustle in the defensive end, as well as jumping into the play a few times to try and get things going.