19S, no. 2; newsletter by k.r.)
The Coastal Pirates skated against the St. Pats last night and (with a little divine intervention) left with a 3-2 overtime victory. Once Kevin found his way to the bench, the squad was complete with two full lines. (editor's note: no doubt Kev will be paying his tardy fine in some Killian's Irish Red!) Joining him on the blueline was Keith, Russ and Scooby-Dooby-Do while up front was Scott Lematty, Chris G., Wildman, Ralz, Glenn Farkas and Dan DiPierro.
With one game played in the new format both teams seemed well-adjusted and ready for this game except maybe for the goaltenders who, once again, were at the wrong ends. It would prove to be a close contest throughout the game with several even-up penalties being called. The St. Pats got on the board about halfway through the 1st period (on a scrum in the crease), but it didn't seem to rattle the Pirates; before long the game would be tied when Dan took a feed from Wildman and squeezed the puck in on the short, right side. Although both sides continued to trade chances, the score remained steady at 1-1 at the break.
The second half was played much like the first except there were a few more chances for both teams on offense. The Pirates actually found themselves on a 4:00-minute penalty kill halfway through the frame and managed to successfully get out of it without any damage being done. But, with roughly 4:00 minutes remaining, the St. Pats scored after a rebound was left sitting on the doorstep. Although that put the Pirates down 2-1, things were not as grim as they seemed. With 1:20 on the clock, the Pirates pulled their goalie for an extra skate; they then forced a face-off deep in the attacking zone with only :35 seconds remaining. Russ then used the time-out and he called the play: after taking the face-off, Russ would tie-up the center and allow Kevin to storm in and shoot the puck. It went something like that, except the puck ended-up bouncing to Keith (from a St. Pat) and Keith slapped it past the keeper, low to the right, to tie things up at the :31 second mark and force overtime.
With the momentum now with the Pirates, they were dominating the overtime. Like the game-tying goal, the winner was the result once again of an offensive zone face-off; this time, Scott LeMatty took the puck out of the face-off circle and spun and fired. Although the keeper made the initial save, Scott was able to lift the rebound over the keeper to keep the Pirates undefeated.
1) SCOTT LEMATTY
For the thrilling, overtime GWG.
2) RUSS NICOLOSI
For a great job of captaining the ship and setting-up the pivotal plays late in the game and in the overtime.
3) KEITH RICHARDSON
For his crucial game-tying goal with :31 seconds remaining.