(vol. 43S, no. 9; newsletter by b.n.)
Someone told Harris before the game that if he stood on his head in net we would have a shot at winning the first round playoff game against the first place team. And as commanded ... He did. He also took a pounding it seemed like it starting on the first shift ... Somebody came in hard on Harris ... He must have thought he was on ice because he tried to give Harris a snow shower, but since he wasn't on ice he came in hard — tried to stop — and almost did, but took out Harris (and of course there was no penalty called). Later in the 1st period someone tried to take a shortcut through the crease just as a shot was coming from the point — the stick was literally ripped from his hand (and yeah, the refs allowed the goal). It got so bad that the refs actually had to call a time-out to allow Harris time to recover after he was pushed completely into the net while trying to cover the puck (apparently he was kicked in the back in the melee ... But before he could yell at the refs for the non-call he recognized the boot as belonging to Wildman).
After all that Harris survived the 1st period, surrendering only the one (questionable) goal. The Pirates offense was kept off the board. As things would have it (and I say this all the time, but I am really not that original), if you had asked me at the start of the season if I would take a shot at trailing the number one (undefeated) team 1-0 in the Semifinals going into the final minute I would take it. Unfortunately after I took it, they would score :07 seconds later while we were trying to get Harris out of the net ... And as you know, there are no returns on those items that you would take at the start of the season ...
... And if only a couple of those posts we hit went in ... The outcome would have been different , but hockey doesn't work that way.
FOR THE RECORD
Attendance (players): Cassens, DiPierro, Farkas, Hand, Irausquin, LeMatty, Milo, Newcomb, Nicolosi, Gesior (sub). Net: Harris.
Scoring: 1st period: 1-0 Bulldogs. 3rd period: 2-0 Bulldogs.
date of game: 11.21.10
THE ROLLER GIRLS ARE IN THE HOUSE
Pirates who showed-up early for our Playoff game got a bit of treat: The Jersey Shore Roller Girls were practicing. The roller derby squad plays at the Asbury Park Convention Hall and has arguably the best logo ever — and we mean ever. And in case you were wondering, this month's featured skater is “Toastface Killah” ...
[ visit their website / click here ]
“A little something for the effort.”
2) CHARLIE MILO
For suicidally laying down to block a slapshot from the point. Ouch!