First things first:
Congrats to the Red Army on a hard fought victory, 3-1, in the +30 League Finals. Bon scored the GWG with 1:21 to go to seal the victory for the Red Squad over Green, the heavy favorite. Also on the Army, Panthers Drew and Tater, held their own, as they held the Green squad to 1 goal. Congrats.
Now, onto 2017 Summer Hockey.
The Panthers, a decimated squad, without their starting goalie or a good chunk of their veterans, went into the game vs the Chiefs a bit shorthanded. However, call ups Ari (G), along with forwards Holmesy and Yano, came to play. The team also required the veteran presence of Larry Mo, who filled in on a decimated D-core.
The game started out with almost no offensive activity, as both teams came in with a very controlled attack, and much neutral zone play. Philthy lead off the scoring with a first period snipe to get the scoring going, answered quickly by the Chiefs. This is how the first would end.
The Panthers would add a second as Stevie scored in the second to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead. The second was a tight checking stanza, with the Panthers a bit on their heels during the first contest of the season. Ari, filling in the cage, held his own for the fan favorites. The Panthers would strike again as Yano buried a Duran pass to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead going into the third.
The third period began with a huge defensive lapse as Toczylowski buried to cut the lead to 3-2. On the next shift, a smart low play by Holmesy made its way to the Coach down low. A pass out front made its way to Jay for his first of the season to increase the lead to 4-2. Toczylowski would score another before the Panthers battened down the hatches for their first win of the season.
1-0. Bill’s Used Auto Parts and Cars next week, 11:10PM at the BIP.