Thursday night's epic battle on the ice involved two of the Cannon's own: FFMorgan and the Rink Rats hosted Dan P. and BDubs. The two teams have enjoyed differing years, with BDubs second in the league, and the Rink Rats at the bottom of the league.
FIRST PERIOD- BDUBS ON THE OFFENSIVE
BDubs opened the game on the offensive. The men in yellow controlled the offensive gameplay for much of the first minutes, and 4 minutes into the game, they capitalized. After being set up beautifully, Dan was able to put the opening goal in the net. 1-0. Just seconds later, the Rink Rats took a tripping penalty, giving BDubs a power play. It took just over a minute for them to capitalize on it. BDubs also did not run a drop pass on the power play, so clearly Torts would've benched them all. At 6:30 of the first period, BDubs again scored to take a 2-0 lead. With 3 minutes to go in the period, Morgan had a shot go wide of the net on Rink Rats' best chance of the first period. With 45 seconds to go, Dan got behind the Rats' defense, but was unable to control the puck as he attempted to enter the zone on a breakaway.
SECOND PERIOD- RATS POSSESSION, BDUBS GOALS
The second period progressed much the same as the first. 58 seconds into the second period, BDubs was able to capitalize on a misplay from the Rink Rats goalie, and made it 3-0. Later in the period, Morgan had an excellent play where he tried to walk through the BDubs defense, but was the defenders were able to break up the play. This was followed by several minutes of sustained pressure from the Rats, who got some solid shots and we able to generate offensive chances.
BDubs were able to score again with minutes to go in the period. Dan had the first assist on the goal.
THIRD PERIOD- CLOSING TIME
Lots of end to end action in the third period. At the 4 minute mark, the Rink Rats were able to draw one back and make it 4-1. This energized both teams, who skated hard for the rest of game. As it wound down, BDubs was able to capitalize on another mistake by the Rink Rats goalie.
FINAL: BDubs 5 Rink Rats 1
This was so much fun. Stinerman, Pale Dragon, and I had a lovely time watching 2 other Cannon members go at it. 3 point night for Dan P (1-1-2). Hopefully, should these teams play again, we can all meet up for this again.