Game Recap Week 7

9/23/07 vs. Black Jacks (3-2-1)

After being dominated by the Buzzards last week, we were determined to come out and take out our frustration on the Black Jacks, as well as avenge our loss from week 2.

The start of the game was a good sign as Lenny and Marc teamed up to find Ed at the front of the net for the first goal of the game and less than :30 seconds later, Marc found Chuck to up our lead to 2-0. The scoring-splurge would stop right there though as both teams clamped down on the defense and the first period finished in our favor, 2-0.

The beginning of the second period was also tight checking for the first few minutes, but at the 9:17 mark, the Black Jacks finally broke through the wall to cut the lead in half. However, just 1:45 after that Paul added a tally after a feed from Ed to make it 3-1. A few minutes later, the Black Jacks scored again, but Keith found the back of the net for his first of the year, from Chuck and Lenny. Just moments after that, the Black Jacks rebounded again to bring them back within one goal. Ed was having none of that though as he picked up a pass from Doc and scored to give us our two-goal lead back to finally close out a wild second period.

Entering the third period, we knew the next goal would be huge, either giving us a three-goal advantage, or cutting our lead back down to one. We couldn’t have asked for a better start, as Chuck grabbed a pass from Ed and rifled a shot past the goalie to put us in a commanding position for the rest of the game. That goal seemed to deflate the Black Jacks and we continued to dominate them in all zones of the ice for the rest of the game. They did score one last goal with just over a minute remaining, but it wasn’t enough as we closed out the game.

Statistically, this was a big game for a few people: Chuck (2g, 1a), Ed (2g, 2a), Lenny and Marc (2a each).

Final Score: 6-4 (5-2-0)

Next week, another matchup with a struggling Puckhawgs team.

Game Recap Week 6

9/17/07 vs. Buzzards (4-1-0)

As we started out the second round of divisional play, we were faced with the tough task of duplicating our success from the first go round just to be able to stay close to the top of our division. The Buzzards, however, were waiting for us and eager to earn a little revenge after we snuck out a late win in week 1.

Just minutes into the game, the Buzzards took control and scored to take a 1-0 lead and before we could blink, :30 seconds later, the scored again to grab a 2-0 lead. However, we battled back and Joe found the net about four minutes after that. While the scoreboard showed us down 2-1, the Buzzards clearly dominated play and kept control of the puck in our zone for most of the period.

With three minutes elapsed in the second period, the flood gates opened and the Buzzards took complete control as they scored three times in a 2:43 span to blow the game wide open. Alexey stopped the bleeding momentarily with a goal at the 4:06 mark, but with just over a minute remaining, the Buzzards struck again to regain their 4-goal lead, giving us very little hope for the third period.

While the Buzzards smothered any hopes for a comeback, we were able to find some offense and create a few opportunities that we had not been able to generate all game long. Eventually, with just over three minutes remaining, Tom S. found the net for our third goal, but with the curfew clock not allowing for stoppages, we were in a race if we wanted to knot this game up. Then with just over a minute, Doug scored and a glimmer of hope arose, but the running clock was not working in our favor and eventually stopped our comeback.

On a positive note, Joe picked up a goal and two assists and Ed had four helpers as well.

Final Score: 4-6 (4-2-0)

Next week, we face the only opponent to hand us a loss in the first five games, the Black Jacks.

Game Recap Week 5

9/9/07 vs. Rangers (0-4-0)

After a three-week layoff, we headed into our matchup with the Rangers in first place in our division. This game would mark the conclusion of the first round of divisional play and we were intent on remaining in first. While we would be without two of our leading scorers, Ed & Paul, in addition to Doug, Dom and Dave, Chuck was about to make his return from a leg injury that saw him miss 3.5 months of action, but someone else stole show.

In the opening moments of the first period, we flat-out dominated the Rangers, overwhelming them with shots and puck control. Just 2:29 into the game, Chuck made a full return to form, collecting his first goal of the season with Lenny and Marc assisting as he deposited a puck from the slot into the far corner of net. The Rangers collected themselves and were able to generate some offense for the next minute or so, but after some intense pressure with Chuck cycling the puck, he and Tom S. combined to find Alexey for his first of the night (of many) at the 5:34 mark. Immediately after the Rangers were called for a tripping penalty, Chuck found Alexey again, who tapped in his second goal less than 30 seconds after the first, to give us a 3-0 lead. 10 seconds later, after Chuck won the ensuing faceoff, the puck eventually found Alexey again as he stepped in over the blue line. He promptly rifled a slapshot through the goalie’s legs into the back of the net for a natural hat trick and a huge 4-0 lead, just 6:10 into the game. While we continued to dominate the Rangers, we began to take a few needless and careless penalties. First was Bob for interference and then Alexey for a slash. Finally, with Ike in the box, also for a slashing call, the Rangers got on the board with a hard wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle that glanced of Josh, but found the net. With the continuous and generous power plays we were willing to give up, as well as being able to cut the deficit to 3, the Rangers stepped up their intensity and maintained some pressure in our defensive zone for the remainder of the period.

Our break between periods was spent discussing being more disciplined and staying out of the box. While we were fairly successful in achieving that goal, the Rangers carried on with the pressure and momentum they were building at the end of the first period. Less than five minutes in, they found the net again on a long slap shot from the top of the right circle. The shooter used Lyle perfectly as a screen and the puck flew by Josh before he could pick it up. Just a few minutes later, as the Rangers came down on a 3-on-2, a shot from just inside the blue line went wide, but bounced out to the other side of the net where a Rangers player picked it up and fired it on net. Josh was able to make the save, but was unable to control rebound, which was swiftly punched home to cut our lead down to one. Play went back and forth for the remainder of the period with neither team gaining an advantage, but just as time was running out, with 0.4 seconds on the clock, Alexey found the net again to push our lead back up to two.

Starting the third period, we knew this could remain a close game, but just two minutes in, Alexey fired his fifth goal of the game into the far corner of the net to increase our lead back to three. However, less than 3 minutes later, the Rangers found some more life on a breakaway. Even though Josh got a piece of the shot, it slid through his legs and barely slipped over the line to bring the score to 6-4. Again, play continued in both ends and numerous penalties were called, but with 3:31 showing on the clock, Alexey capped off his big night with goal number six, sealing the win and allowing us to sustain our hold on first place.

In addition to Alexey’s big night, Chuck also tallied a goal and two assists and Tom S. helped out with three assists as well for a big point night from that line. Check out the updated stats page to see our leading scorers.

Final score: 7-4 (4-1-0)

Next week is a late night, rematch with our week one foes, the Buzzards. This game will be for a shot at an outright hold on first in our division.