22S, no. 3; newsletter by k.r.)
The Sunday Pirates squared-off this evening with what seems to be an all-too-familiar foe, The Dire Wolves. Last time out was a 5-1 Pirates whitewash, but this one would turn out to be a close and competitive contest, which was a lot of fun to play. After all, that is the reason we all play, right? The usual line-up skated except for Ralz, who was replaced by Mike Farrell. The Dire Wolves are a good skating team and this helped them stay with the Pirates this time around.
The 1st period was a tight checking affair as the Pirates played well positionally and thwarted all Wolves chances at the beginning. Not to be understated in this contest was the play of Harris between the pipes — he made many a save including one which saw the puck lying behind his head in the open crease which he pounced on. The Pirates would get the scoring going when Keith fired a shot from the left point that bounced off Chris in front of the net (when Harris sent the stats to me for this newsletter he said that I assisted on “Christ's” goal, but I am sure he meant to say “Chris.” Besides, Christ was around a long time before I was so I don't think I can take credit for assisting him ... but I digress). The Wolves would tie this one up before Bobby Currao gave us back the lead with a blast from the blueline on a feed from Glenn Farkas. At the break, the Pirates were leading 2-1.
Many of you will remember from my last newsletter that I mentioned that Brian Newcomb was now a Rink Rat. Well, in a General Manager's move reminiscent of George Steinbrenner, Harris and Russ were able to reacquire him from the Rats — in exchange for nothing; this roster move proved fruitful and Brian added the helper on the game-winner later in final period. But before that was to happen, the Pirates would have to deal with a tie game as the Wolves would knot things up with only 9:20 remaining to play. But with Dan's late game heroics (on a pass from #67), the Pirates escaped with a 3-2 victory and remain undefeated on the young Sunday season. And for those of you who are not aware, this was another victory for the white jerseys (the following evening, the Wednesday squad would also go on to victory wearing the whites as well). Long live “The Whites.”
date of game: 6.26.05
editor's note: In an unprecedented show of unity at the post-game “meeting,” the Pirates unanimously passed a resolution to throw out the ice pak that Chris put down his pants to ice down his injured thigh. Funds were immediately allocated to replace the pak (shown above).
1) BOBBY CURRAO
For a big goal late in the 1st period that the goalie was lucky to avoid.
2) DAN DIPIERRO
For the GWG.
3) MIKE FARRELL
For some tenacious defense.