(vol. 22S, no. 11; newsletter by k.r.)
Like poop through a goose, the Pirates were out of this one early. Four unanswered goals — two of them shorthanded — proved to be too much of a hill to climb. Unfortunately, this seems to be a pattern when the Pirates square-off against “A” teams: We get down early, then control much of the remaining game only to run out of clock.

After a scoreless 6:00 minutes to start the game, the Blackhawks went up 4-0 during the next 10:00 minutes. It was Russ who stopped the bleeding on a feed from Glenn Farkas to make it a 4-1 game. The Blackhawks would get it back to a four-goal bulge before the half was out, however, and they led 5-1 at the break.

As per the script, the Pirates would battle back in the final 22:00 minutes. Scott LeMatty would get his first of the night to start of the period, and then he added an assist on Glenn's tally to make it a 5-3 contest. The Blackhawks would work it back up to 7-3 before the Pirates would come in force to get the final score to 7-6 — thanks to a couple of goals by Chris Goione and one more by Scott. Chris' second goal — coming with less than two clicks on the clock remaining — came after Harris came to the bench for an extra skater. Although the Pirates had one last face-off at center ice, it was too little too late (although the Blackhawks looked to be a bit worried until the final buzzer sounded). The playoffs start this Sunday, so let's make sure that we are the ones to get off to the fast start. On a side note: What kind of “fine” is appropriate for an Alternate Captain who wears something other than a Pirates-issued jersey?

date of game: 8.21.05

editor's note: this game was originally scheduled as the fourth game of the season, but was postponed due to weather.

LOST 7-6


For his pair of tallies in the final period (including one with :01.1 seconds remaining).

For his 3-point night and taking both the Art Ross and Richard Trophies for the Summer season.

For resisting the evil side of the Force and playing with the Pirates instead of the Blackhawks.