So much for a full turnout to start up the season’s stretch run! Team Bill showed up with only 5 runners – not a good sign! With an emergency reinforcement provided by the super versatile Justin Phelps, the game was on. Team Bill was quickly up by 2 on a couple of quick goals from Kyle Fairweather but Team Russ quickly got these back plus a couple more. Team Bill fought back to end the period tied at 4. In the 2nd Team Russ pulled ahead getting goals from their go-to scorers/goalie tormentors – Dylan and Jason, but Team Bill kept capitalizing on the Team Russ goalie’s inability to stop anything smaller or faster than a beach ball. After falling behind by 4, Team Bill crept back into the game and scored at the period buzzer to close the gap to 2, trailing 7-9 at the end of 2. In the 3rd, Team Russ again pulled ahead by 4 , but Team Bill scored one and then with lofty ambitions, Kevin Loft scored a pretty one handed goal (no surprise there!), his 1st in 2 years to bring it to within 2 again. Another easy goal against the Team Russ goalie and the score was within 1 with less than 2 minutes to go. A couple of ball possessions punctuated by some unforced giveaways followed, but Team Bill was too tired to get another shot on net which would likely have tied the game….Team Russ ran out the clock for a unexpectedly hard fought victory 11-10. Much closer than it should have been but a fun game nevertheless.
In the 2nd game both teams struggled to get untracked in the 1st. Strong goaltending at both ends kept everyone off the scoresheet and the 1st period ended scoreless. In the 2nd Team Blair started to pick away at Trevor and were up by 5 before Team Juniors woke up. After alternating a couple of goals, Team Juniors seemed to bear down and popped in a two quick ones including a low level laser shot from Ashmore to close the gap to 2 at the end of 2. The game was starting to get interesting again… 6-4 on the scoreboard, Team Blair back on their heels, Team Juniors with some momentum. But another spectacular comeback/monumental choke was not to be, Team Juniors’ momentum ground to a halt. Team Blair scored 3 and held Team Juniors to 1 to coast to a surprisingly easy 9-5 result.
Next is Week #11, Wednesday July 15, 2015 Kinsmen Arena
Team Juniors vs. Team Bill 8:00pm
Team Blair vs. Team Russ 9:00pm