28S, no. 6; newsletter by brooks)
Whenever you take on an elite team, it always presents a challenge. The “A” teams are the elite teams of this league and the Bruins are one of those. They don't always finish first or win Championships, but they have a lot of talent. Add to that the pride at stake when you play an out-of-division rival — one who beat them 4-3 earlier this season — and you have the makings of a heated match-up.
The game began on shaky start when the Pirates went down 2-0. We couldn't get much going early and with Casey guarding the Bruins net, it didn't look promising. Then, in the last 2:44 minutes the Pirates started clicking. In those final 160-seconds the Pirates scored two quick goals: Tony (assist Brooks) and Brooks (assist Tony). That final, game-tying goal — which had Tony patiently holding the puck and skating through the defense before finding the twine — was literally in the final second before the break. The 2-2 score at the intermission felt like there might be another upset in making ... it was not to be however.
During the final 22:00 minutes the Pirates were outshot, outplayed, and outscored. The Pirates were able to consistently get within a goal of the Bruins (3-to-4 and 4-to-5), but each time the Bruins quickly answered back and regained their two-goal lead. When the buzzer finally sounded, the Bruins had found the net five more times (including an emptynetter), while the Pirates were only able to score twice more: Brooks (assist Tony) and Tony (Brooks). Harris played well, although six goals was a season high; Not surprising, though, since they had shot-after shot-on net. We will get a chance to rebound from our first loss of the season after the Super Bowl break. A tough loss to take, but one to build on.
date of game: 1.29.06
1) TONY TOSCANO
For his 4-point evening, including an ESPN highlights -worthy spin-a-rama goal in the final period.
2) SCOTT LEMATTY
For coming back to play the blueline ... and doing it amazingly.
3) GLENN FARKAS
For his great hustle. He might have been held pointless, but he was consistently breaking-up Bruin runs on both ends of the rink.