10/28/07 vs. Gang Green (5-3-2)
Winless in our last four games and falling in the standings, we looked to bounce back again against a completely revamped Gang Green team, replete with new uniforms and all.
This game started with both teams becoming reacquainted with one another. While each team struggled to find offense, both goalies were also playing into the equation, as they foiled all attempts to score the games’ first goal. However, at the 6:12 mark, a breakaway from the left side beat Josh, giving Gang Green a 1-0 lead. As play continued, each team found offensive chances, but the score remained the same by the end of the period, despite the two power plays we gave to them.
Just less than three minutes into the second period, Ed found the net to knot the game at one. He shoveled home a loose rebound in front off a great play in the corner by Marc and a sweet pass to the front from Tom S. Each team continued to pour on the offense, but could not find pay dirt. Finally, with just over one minute left in the period, Tom S. had his favor returned from Ed and Marc as he rifled home a wrister from the slot to give us a 2-1 lead heading into the final period.
Playing a solid game at both ends of the ice and having Josh on top of his game gave us a lot of confidence at the start of the third period. We continued to play well, but again, were having trouble scoring. Eventually we broke down in the middle of the period and Gang Green took it to us. At the 7:35 mark, a 2-on-1 produced their second goal, as the puck actually hit Josh, but rolled over him and into the net. Two minutes later, another breakaway tied Josh up in knots and gave Gang Green their second lead of the game at 3-2. For just those few moments, we struggled, but quickly found our form again. Less than two minutes after they took the lead, we added our own dramatic comeback as Doug and Lenny scrambled in front of the net, leading to Ike popping home a loose puck, again tying the game. While the games’ final three minutes produced some drama, as we handed them an opportunity on the power play, neither team could pull out another score, ending the game in a tie.
Final Score: 3-3 (5-4-3)
Next week, the hapless, but improving Hornets.