31S, no. 6; newsletter by h.s.)
Due to the writers' strike — not the Hollywood Hollywood Writers Guild of America, but rather the Newsletters Alliance Writers' Guild — i'm once-again forced to recount the night's events. For the second time this season the Pirates squared-off against an A-division franchise. Their defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs three weeks earlier was the only black mark in any otherwise perfect season. For this match, the Pirates had a nine-man bench (missing only Gucci who was paying homage to Elvis in Memphis). The Bruins however had only six men; they briefly entertained the idea of recruiting a ref, but scrapped the idea.
The 1st began just like old times when Captain Russ (playing defense) broke up ice and beat Casey with a top-shelf wrister at the 17:35-mark. Ten minutes of scoreless play ensued, but the Bruins capitalized on play deep in our zone to knot things at 1-1. Some terrific defense (with the forwards covering well when our blueliners broke up ice) made that the last time the A-division Bruins would find the twine. Anthony (assist Wildman, Farrell) gave us back the lead before the period was over; on the play, Mike head-manned the puck to John who skated in and froze Casey, before saucering the puck to a waiting Tony for the go-ahead goal.
The final period was chock full of highlights at both ends: Brooks (assist LeMatty) would again give us a crucial insurance goal and Ralz would one-time one of the prettiest shots in recent memory (assist Wildman). And, while everyone was up on the West side of the ice, I had the opportunity to come out to the face-off circle and make some stops. (Fortunately there was any need for me to display my stickhandling ability in this outing.)
The win, the Pirates third-in-a-row, allowed us to maintain the division lead over the Chiefs and St. Pats who also logged wins this night. This Sunday, the Pirates (5-1-0) will face the second-place St. Pats (4-1-1) for the second time this season. The Pirates opened the season with an overtime win vs. this rival and it promises to draw another standing-room-only crowd to the bleachers of GoodSports.
date of game: 11.11.07
1) RUSS NICOLOSI
For the first tally of the night and great hand-eye coordination to redirect a pass on what could have been a scoring opportunity late for the Bruins.
For some aggressive play — that paid off.
3) TIM HAND
For a shot that would have made Joe Sakic proud.