9S, no. 6; newsletter by c.g.)
Well as the saying goes there are good ties, and there are bad ties. Unfortunately for the Sunday night Pirates last night's game was of the bad variety. The game between the Pirates and the newly-uniformed Blizzard started off well enough as the line of Ferraro-Farkas-DiPierro put us ahead early. Dan DiPierro streaking up the right wing scooped-up a loose puck and broke in alone on the Blizzard goalie and backhanded a nice deke move beneath him for the first goal of the evening. The rest of the period was hard fought as both teams pressed to put points on the board to no avail.
End of 1st: Pirates 1, Blizzard 0
At the start of the 2nd period, the trio of Farkas-Ferraro-DiPierro would again provide an offensive spark as they drove home two goals on their opening shifts: the first was a Farkas one-timer on a rebound from a Scott LeMatty shot (assist to Russ); the second was a picture-perfect pass play from a breaking Scott LeMatty who weaved through the defense and placed a pass to Ferraro who was able to beat the goalie upstairs from point blank range. Those early goals gave the Pirates a comfortable 3-0 lead which we carried all the way to the 4:00-minute remaining mark in the 2nd. The Blizzard would tally their first of the night on a rebound off a breakaway; after making the initial save, Harris was caught out of position and with the Right Wing Forward (yours truly) providing no defensive support a Blizzard forward was able to wraparound the rebound for a goal. This is about the same time as the Pirates went into Penalty mode, as we had to kill off two penalties to end the period.
End of 2nd: Pirates 3, Blizzard 1
The 3rd period started off just as the 2nd had ended with more penalties. Two more actually, which the Pirates were able to successfully kill off. But then, as the second penalty expired, the Blizzard rushed into the zone, and beat the goalie glove-side to cut the lead to one. The Blizzard would strike one last time (a gift) as Pat Geer would take a near-impossible angle shot from the corner, that snuck by the inch in-between Harris and the post. The Pirates made several good attempts to take the lead back, but weren't able to convert as the clock wound down.
End of 3rd: Pirates 3, Blizzard 3.
1) DAN DiPIERRO
For the first goal of the night he wasn't going to be denied! (from emails: For Dan's goal and his defensive play especially when we couldn't clear the puck in the last :40 seconds and He played very
well both ways throughout.)
2) SCOTT LeMATTY
Although he was playing D, Scott was still an offensive force as he tallied two assists on the night (from an email: He Played solid defense and got the puck into the offensive zone when the forwards couldn't.)
3) ROGER WEISS
For his usual level-headedness on defense and getting us out of a number of tight jams.