4/29/07 vs. Hornets (1-4-0)
Playing against a first time opponent can sometimes be a challenge, but this week, we introduced ourselves Chuck took it upon himself to introduce Houston Strength to the Hornets in spectacular fashion.
Before the fans could get settled Early in the first period, Alexey drove to the net and popped home goal after some nice work by Lenny and Chuck. Just 1:33 into the game, we were already on the board and that was just the beginning. Five minutes into the contest, Marc slid a backhand home on a loose puck in front to stretch our lead to 2-0. Just three minutes later, Fargo began to steal the show on his way to a natural hat-trick (and then some!), with a nice rush down the left side, firing it in with a wrister from the left hash mark. 1:07 later, Chuck was at it again, making a nifty move in the high slot and firing home another wrister to the far side to put us up 4-0. Less than two minutes later, Fargo finished his three-goal spurt by pushing a rebound into the net. This came after Lenny broke out of the zone, down the wing, making a nice pass in the corner to Alexey, who then found Chuck open in front of the net.
At the start of the second period, we looked to continue our scoring ways, however we hit a slight bump in the road just 1:27 in, as the Hornets got on the board with a flukey goal that rolled over Josh’s shoulder, down his back & into the goal. The Hornets fed off this opportunity and continued to send shots on goal while we began to relax, maybe a little too much. That all changed with six minutes remaining in the period as Lenny took a pass of the boards from Joe, made a great rush up the right side and scored top-shelf to reclaim our five-goal lead. This sparked the Hornets even more as they pressured us in our defensive zone, finally breaking through again with a minute left in the period, while Bob was in the box for roughing.
Heading into the third period, we knew we’d have to stay more disciplined, as we took three penalties in the second, one of which cost us a goal. However, just 40 seconds into the period, Joe took and interference penalty and 16 seconds into the power play, the Hornets stung again to cut our lead to 6-3. Just one minute later, the Hornets pulled even closer as they continued to pour on the offense. That would be as close as they would come though, as we clamped down defensively. At the 8 minute mark, Chuck continued his scoring ways as he took a chip-pass from Marc in the corner, worked his way out front and rifled home another wrister into the corner to build the lead back up to 7-4. This all but sealed the game up as we Chuck stopped the bleeding and finished off the Hornets with one last power play goal with 1:10 to play. Tom held the puck in at the point, found Lenny at the side of the net, who fed Chuck alone in front again for his 5th goal of the night.
Chuck, Lenny and Alexey again dominated our opponents, totaling 13 points, including Chuck’s 5 goals and 2 assists. Even though we thoroughly defeated our opponents, we did give up two power play goals and had a slight letdown at the end of the second and beginning of the third periods. We recovered however, and finished them off late in the third.
Final Score: 8-4 (3-3-0)
Next week we square off with the Buzzards.