Both games good and close and not exactly the results expected in the afternoon or at the opening whistle.
In the first game, Team Blair’s prospects of beating the point spread were looking a bit shaky as Ian G wasn’t on the floor during the pregame warmup. Team Jacquie got on the board early as Ashmore’s shooting was accurate and to the mesh but Team Blair’s 2016 additions were pushing fast and hard to the Team Jacquie net. Justin was able to stop most but not all of the the innumerable shots and Team Blair exited the 1st period, up by one, leading 3-2. In the 2nd, the teams traded goals and chances and surprisingly strong defense at both ends, both scoring 2 and entering the 2nd intermission with Team Blair still ahead by 1, leading 5 – 4. The 3rd period was intense back and forth with Team Blair pressing hard and actually getting back on defense when needed. The 3rd period was more or less a repetition of the 2nd, Team Jacquie would score but Team Blair would recover and score to stay 1 goal ahead. With time running out, Team Jacquie pressed hard but Team Bair was able to recover the loose ball each time and more or less run down the clock. Getting the final loose ball with 30.5 sec left should have resulted in a pretty easy ball control completion of the game ….BUT NO! pressing hard to the net and a shot on goal with 6 seconds left! Luckily the shot dribbled in, but could easily have resulted in a long end to end pass and a tieing goal. Not this time though, final score Team Blair 8 – Team Jacquie 6.
In the 2nd game, Team Lia was looking a bit thin on the bench with only 1 spare, so an emergency loan was negotiated with Team Dirka. Team Dirka got on the board fast and with Erik the Red emphasizing the end of his “inability to score streak (vs. G^2)”, the Dirks exited the period, ahead 5-3. In the 2nd, both teams imitated the first game’s script, trading goals and the 2nd period ended with the Dirks still ahead by 2, 7-5. In the 3rd, Team Lia scored 2 goals to tie it up heading in to the last 5 minutes and were pressing hard to take the lead. Team Dirka got one back and then on the faceoff, the JKOW, riled up by some questionable (to him) crease (non)calls, wrenched control of the ball on the faceoff, bulled his way to the top of the crease and buried a precision shot to the lower corner – classic old school JKOW! Pretty much took the wind out of Team Lia’s sails and the time ran out on a Team Dirka win – 9 – 7.
Good, fast, close games – could easily have gone either way. Hopefully someone got some cell phone video of the towel draped siren traipsing through the lobby after the game – pretty sure we can get more recruits if they see the scenery available! 😆
On to the next games, Week #8 Wednesday June 22, 2016 Kinsmen Arena
Team Jacquie vs Team Lia 8:00 – 9:00pm
Team Blair vs. Team Dirka 9:00pm – 10:00pm
See you then.