38W, no. 7; newsletter by h.s.)
The Pirates “Elder Statesman,” Dave Matthews, scored the night's opening goal, but it was steeped in controversy — not by the other team, but by us. You see #67 was credited with the lone assist, but five beers into the post-game “meeting” the truth emerged that it was Miller's face-off to Jason that resulted in our early lead. (Dave, being the one who was five beers in, had no idea of who assisted and only slightly recalled he scored at all.) About 5:00-minutes later Jason “I Have Singlehandedly Taken the Pirate Post-Game 'Meetings' to a New Level by Infusing Them With Suds Costing More than $3.00 per Six Pack” Bissey, received a great pass from Russ, streaked up the right side and cranked one in for the 2-0 lead. The Jaguars, however, were not deterred by this sudden explosion of Pirate firepower and cut our lead in half before the buzzer.
The penalties started getting handed-out in a substantially more physical final period. But it would be Scott Miller's shorthanded tally (a backhander on breakaway) that would give us a crucial 3-2 lead halfway through the period. Scott's goal might have been the gamewinner, but Marty's score was the backbreaker — unassisted he put one in with 4:00-minutes remaining that erased any hope of Jag Cinderella story.
All-in-all, a great effort with terrific blocked shots (Maccanico, Newcomb, Troch) and memorable moments (such as #67 being steamrolled at center ice). The win put the Pirates securely on “the bubble” for the Playoffs: We need a win vs. the Geriatrics this week, while the Big Slick must lose to the Jaguars. Go Jags!
FOR THE RECORD
Attendance (players): Bissey, Cassens, LeMatty, Maccanico, Matthews, Miller, Nicolosi, Trochiano, Newcomb (sub). Net: Harris.
Scratches: Farrell (AWOL), McLaughlin.
Scoring: 1st period: 2-1 Pirates: Goals by Matthews (Bissey, Miller); Bissey (Nicolosi). 3rd period: 4-2 Pirates: Goals by Miller (Maccanico), SHG; Maccanico (Miller).
date of game: 7.20.09
1) DAVE MATTHEWS
For the goal.
2) JASON BISSEY
For the goal and the Guinness™.
3) SCOTT MILLER
For the SHGWG (shorthanded, game-winning goal).