24W, no. 1; newsletter by k.r.)
The Wednesday night season started last evening but someone forgot to tell the Pirates. With three regulars out for the first game of the new season the call-ups included newcomer Joe “Chachi” Baio. But even with him in the line-up, Wednesday would not prove to be a Happy Day.
Chachi was paired on defense with Joanie ... er, I mean Gucci, while Keith-Dave were the other defensive tandem. Up front we had Chris, Nick G. (a member of the Wednesday Pirates under a one-season contract), Brian, Mike Farrell and a pair of Scotts — LeMatty and Miller. The game was a defensive battle and Harris stood out all night for his fine glove saves, but neither team could generate much offense. The Pirates were able to take a 1-0 lead into the break as Chachi netted his first goal as Pirate. Unfortunately most of us did not see it because it occurred on the other side of the rink while there was a “firewagon line change” going on. No doubt it was a beauty though.
The final period was more of the same, but the Tile Cutters finally tied things up 1-1 off a rebound over a diving Harris. With a few minutes remaining in regulation, the Cutters took advantage of some shoddy defensive play to take their first lead of the night and the stage was set for a dramatic finish. And we weren't disappointed. With Harris pulled for the extra attacker, Scott LeMatty would chip the puck into the high slot where it would hit a prone Scott Miller before #67 would swat it into the top corner to tie things up with only :46 seconds remaining. On the ensuing face-off things looked headed for overtime, but a Cutters defenseman jumped-up on the break and soon they had a 4-on-2 with less than twenty clicks on the clock. They took advantage of this last Pirate breakdown and converted the gamewinner with :09 seconds. It was a fun game to play, but in the end it was a few mistakes that cost the Pirates a point ... or more. Sunday, Monday happy day. Tuesday, Wednesday crappy day. 'Til next time.
date of game: 12.07.05
1) JOE BAIO
For the only Pirate goal in the first 42:20 minutes (not too shabby considering he just had a few screws put into his knee).
2) BRIAN NEWCOMB
For his goal with :46 seconds remaining.