Apaches vs Makos (Div 3)
The Apaches took on the Makos in Round 2. In a tight and hard fought game, we went down 3-1. The Makos got out to an early 2-0 lead before Tim Ryan scored his first goal for the Apaches on a beautiful deflection. The Apaches threw everything at the Makos goalie in Period 3 but weren’t able to score again. The Makos scored a junk goal with seconds left to put the game on ice. It was a much more disciplined effort from the team after the penalty party in Round 1. The skating effort from all players was outstanding. Three stars went to Adrian Keen for great positional play, Tim Ryan for getting on the score sheet and Daniel Marshall for stout defence. Apaches are 0-2 after two very close losses. It doesn’t get any easier in Week 3 with a meeting the Ice Wolves who have scored 14 goals in their first two matches.
Kiowa vs Demons 1 (Div 1)
After a good first round win Kiowa looked to continue that into week two. It was quickly evident that the Demons were a younger, faster and more talented team. The first period was a hard slog that went scoreless. The Demons registered the game’s first goal midway through the second period before a great individual effort from Dan Tome (A: Chris White) making deking the goalie look easy to even up the score late in the period. Again the hard slog continued as the Braves managed to kill off two penalties, but looked to run out of legs conceding 3 goals to the Demons in the last 10 minutes of the game to go down 4-1. Connor O’Brien with another great game in the pipes facing 34 shots.
Bombs vs Mohicans (Div 3)
On Saturday afternoon the Mohicans faced the Bombs. It was a tough first period with the Bombs going 2 goals up to 0 by the first intermission. The 2nd period was just as difficult with the Bombs putting on another 3 goals to make it 5-0 at the 2nd break. The team rallied for the third period, with Sam Harrison scored a nice goal assisted by Jason Morter, whilst holding the Bombs scoreless, for a final result of of a 1-5 loss. Big thanks to Mat Peagram in net who made some huge saves. MVP was Niki Pheasant with amazing efforts every shift.
Saints 5 vs Comanches (Div 5)
Another tough day at the office for the Comanches with an even shorter bench than round one. The Comanches gave up an early goal in the first, but very quickly equalized with a great goal by Bruce Christie – the first for the Comanches team this season. Saints scored three in the second to make it 4-1 which ended up being the final result. The Comanches managed to keep their speed and pace with the Saints throughout the third and our defense kept us in the fight the whole way through even with their double and triple shifts. Special mentions to Nadya Ergorova for doubling down as a center and winger, as well as Alan Taylor and Melissa Glenwright for alternating as both an offensive and defensive skater throughout the game. The whole team gave 110% intensity through all three periods and pushed the Saints hard. Can’t be prouder of their efforts.
Wolverines vs Cherokees (Div 3)
The Cherokees took to the ice to hunt the Wolverines, a team renowned to be packed full of wheelie fast (previously inline) skaters – this was going to be tough. The Wolverines scratched together goal number 1 early in the first period, however our own Sam Barlow returned fire with a devastating wrist shot to even the playing field. The Cherokees quick goal had only riled the Wolverines. The ‘skunk bears’ (Wikipedia: “Wolverines”, 2017) became super ‘skunk bears’ and were too much for the Cherokees to handle. Although some great battles on the boards were fought, and many noteworthy shots were taken, the Wolverines defeated the Cherokees 7-1. The Cherokees will bandage their wounds and take to the ice for a practice this week before entering the wrath’s of hell to bless the Demons Friday week.
Navajos vs Saints 2 (Div 2)
Playing another Sunday night game, the Navajos squared off against the Saints at Oakleigh. Learning from their last loss they came out looking to improve their game. The first period was kept scoreless, with a rough start of the period the Navajos found themselves with more zone time and a few scoring chances. The 2nd period went much the same way, but due to the Navajos feeling sorry for the Saints let them have a few quick goals, ending the period 0-2. The third period came and went with the Saints scoring one more to end the game a 0-3 loss for the Navajos. After coming off an 1-8 loss the Navajos improved their game and are showing signs of greater things to come.