OK our start to our 2nd round is in the books. Winless Canada faced off against the 2 and 2 Americans. All Canada is the opening period as they score the only 2 goals in the 1st. Crazy stuff in the 2nd as Canada scores 1st to take a 3-0 lead. The Americans then score 3 goals in 3 minutes to tie up the match. Canada then scores 3 times late int he 2nd taking a 6-3 lead but the Americans score twice in the last minute of the 2nd trailing 6-5 at the end of the 2nd period. Exhale please. USA ties up the game at 6’s in the first 2 minutes of the 3rd. Canada scores 30 seconds later to take back the lead. USA then scores 3 unanswered taking a 9-7 lead in this one with 4 minutes to go and their first lead of the game. Canada makes it 9-8 late in the 3rd and then pull their backstop in the last minute and score with 17 seconds left on the clock to tie up the game 9-9 and earn their first point of the season. Canada Jay Cummings the hero scoring that late goal was carried off the ice. Penalty free game, nice!!!!! The 18 total goals was only 2 off our league record of 20 in one game back from 2005. USA goal scorers, 2 goals each from Jim Maguire, Rob McKean and Rob Leenaars and singles from Tony Carlisle, Tim Randa and Harve Mihalic. American Player of the Game went to #19 Rob Leenaars. Canada goals, a hat trick from sophomore Denis Desrosiers, 2 goals from Leo Brideau and from Jay Cummings (both their firsts of the season, finally!!!!) and singles from Mike Kidd and Jeffery Barkin. Canada’s has joined Sweden in celebrating their Player of the Game with a special hat and here is their winner, #5 Denis Desrosiers.
Thats a nice can of Coca-Cola Denis.
Late game was a showdown for top spot as both 3 and 1 Sweden faced off against Finland. Finland gets the only 2 goals in the opening frame. Finland then jumps out front 4-0 in the 2nd period as Sweden finally gets on board in the very late part of the 2nd period. Tough battle in this one as it felt like a playoff game. Both backstops playing very well. Sweden gets 2 goals late in the the 3rd making it a 4-3 game with just over 3 minutes to go. But the Finns close this one out with a late goal and a final victory of 5-3. Good hockey game. Sweden went 0-2 on the PP and Finland was 1-2. Sweden got goals from Bruce Freeman, Patrick Sharp and Neil Kelly. Finn goal scorers 2 from Steve Ferrin and singles from Eric Fletcher, league leader, Enzo Ianno and Joe Cosentino who also had a few posts on the night. Finlands Player of the Game went to #7 Steve Ferrin. Sweden honoured #9 Bruce Freeman, our oldest member or maybe after bringing this baby home may be our youngest.
Now you see Peacock sitting beside Bruce and he had the Nordic head dress all last week. He told Bruce to make sure he disinfects the hat very well before putting it on. Bruce disregarding that advice and put the hat right on, Joe was shocked and just got dressed and left. Mmmmmmmm.
Ok this weeks games goes Friday, November 4 at 9:15 pm Poland plays Sweden. And at 10:30 pm Finland will face off against the USA who is the only team to have beaten Finland this season so far. Canada gets the week off and Denis can take that fury thing on his head to Montreal and attach a visor and fill it with poutine.
See you all on the ice boys!