23W, no. 7; newsletter by k.r.)
Oh where, oh where can your little Harris be? An appropriate theme for the evening don’t you think? An emergency meeting of the S.O.C. is still in session — but let's not forget, Harris heads the S.O.C. Despite all the pregame theatrics, The Pirates still managed to tie a much improved Geriatrics team.
The Pirates started the game with ten skaters, which included one forward from The Hocky Teem named Mike; it turns out that Mike was our substitute goalie's ride home for the evening, so if we wanted a keeper we had to take the forward (sounds a little like the Niedermayer situation with the Mighty Ducks). We didn’t like that kind of pressure, so when Frank Nikola from the Crunch showed-up at halftime (thanks Kevin), we launched the Gerry’s netminder (thanks guys and good night).
The 1st period found the Pirates chasing the Gerry’s on the scoreboard. Kevin would get us on the board first on a feed from Chris, but the Gerrys followed-up with two unanswered goals. Leading the Gerry charge was a familiar face: Brian Newcomb (aka #67) was in uniform for them on this night. He did his best to put his “new” team ahead, but a beautiful trip by Keith (sorry Brian) prevented him from scoring early-on (although he would add a goal later in the contest); that trip however, would force the Pirates to kill off their only shorthanded situation of the game, and the 1st period ended with the Pirates trailing 2-1.
Again chasing the opposition on the scoreboard, the Pirates would keep coming back with the stick of one player — Craig. He would net all three of his goals in final 22:00 minutes on feeds from Keith, Chris and Scooby-dooby-doo — the most dramatic coming with :40 seconds remaining with the Pirates trailing 4-3. On that play, Craig finished-off his hattrick and would force overtime. Neither team would budge in the o.t., with John Arena being stingy in net for the Gerrys. This was a great game to play in — that is, of course, if you made it to the rink.
date of game: 10.31.05
1) CRAIG SUDOL
For his second hattrick in two weeks (Craig is steadily moving-up the hattrick ladder and will threaten TPOC if he nets one more).
2) ED SOUTHWORTH
After a 3-week layoff, Scooby had a strong game — including tons of hustle on the game-tying goal.
3) KEVIN MCLAUGHLIN
For the only Pirate tally of the 1st period, and for paying his “fines” on a night when post game refreshments were hard to come by.