39S, no. 4; newsletter by r.n.)
Eleven is not enough.
We rotated in an extra skater for the first time since the “sub era” began for the Pirates (probably eight years or more ago) and it refreshed our dislike of the process. I have stated many times that the turning point for our club towards consistent competitiveness was the adoption of the “ten plus subs” roster philosophy. Rarely do we skate with less than none and never deal with the disharmony that comes from rotating a player through the lines.
On Sunday, the Pirates handled the rotation pretty seamlessly but couldn't manage the same success against the highly skilled Chiefs. We took it to them pretty hard and pressured their sharp keeper a number of times, but over time they wore us down with excellent puck movement and precise shots. Jay and Tony did hook up for a highlight goal on a give-and-go and go-again which Tony finished beautifully.
We will have to play a lot smarter and finish our opportunities if we expect to be closer than last nights 6-1 debacle in the future.
FOR THE RECORD
Attendance (players): Cassens, DiPierro, Farkas, Gucci, Hand, LeMatty, Newcomb, Nicolosi, Serkin, Gesior (sub), Toscano (sub). Net: Harris.
Scoring: 1st period: 2-0 Chiefs. 3rd period: 6-1 Chiefs: Goal by Toscano (Serkin).
date of game: 10.11.09
( none awarded)