33W, no. 2; newsletter by h.s.)
For the second time in as many nights the Coastal Pirates played an overtime game. As opposed to the five-man crew from the previous evening however, for this Monday night outing we had significantly more manpower. In fact, the Pirates had a wealth of riches on defense — so many that Gucci and Kevin alternated playing forward. Starting on offense #67 centered the Miller Bros., while the never-before-seen trio of Gucci-LeMatty-Matthews formed the second line. On defense, Mike, Kevin, and Craig Grinberg rotated to start.
The 1st period was a back-and-forth battle. Scott Miller gave the Pirates the 1-0 lead, only to have it knotted-up on a successful breakaway by Rapp. We then took a short break while Brooks (who was reffing) did a Nascar-style pit crew fix on my skate after a bolt broke. When we resumed, Gucci (assist LeMatty) made it 2-1, but again the Gerrys answered back on the next shift to tie it up 2-2 at the break.
The final period was more of the same as no team could get better than a one-goal margin on the other. First, Kevin (assist Grinberg) gave the Pirates back the 3-2 lead, but the Gerrys again tied it the next shift out. LeMatty made it 4-3 at the 7:00-minute mark, but again the Gerry's answered on the next face-off. Then, with only 5:00 minutes remaining, the Gerrys executed a nice one-timer to take their first lead of the night 5-4. With time evaporating, the Pirates won a defensive zone face-off and — with the cries of Craig Grinberg yelling “Get the puck to Kevin!” — Kevin skated up ice and sent the game into overtime.
During the 3:00-minute overtime, I finally managed to stop one of Seth's shots (the one that matter most though!), before Evan became the overtime hero (assists brother Scott and #67). The victory extended the Pirate overtime winning streak to three and gave the Wednesday team their first “W” of the young season.
date of game: 3.16.08
1) KEVIN MCLAUGHLIN
For his two tally night. (Imagine if he'd played the whole game up front.)
2) EVAN MILLER
For the biggest goal of the evening.
3) SCOTT MILLER
For his 2 points.