Icemen steal point from Cobras in 6-5 OTL
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Tue Oct 22nd 2013 1:11pm
The Icemen opened up the 2013 - 2014 winter season with a twice come from behind by 2 goals to force OT and emerge with a point against a solid opponent from years before. After a couple of seasons apart in different division, The Icemen once again met up against the Cobras, who always provided a good challenge. This game was no different. The Icemen battled back from a pair of 2 goal deficits and another 1 goal deficit to tie the game with under a minute left. After falling behind 2 – 0 midway through the first, the Icemen got on the board when Brian Hayes drove deep behind the Cobra net and fed a perfect feed to Chad Perkins on the doorstep. Chad banged the pass home while being tackled before the goalie could react. Unfortunately, the Cobras restored the 2 goal lead with a goal less than a minute later to close out the first period.
Undeterred, the Icemen rebounded on the first shift of the second period when Rob Heil took the defender wide and deep, sending a perfectly timed pass at the doorstep to Mats ‘did you see how white my jersey looked tonight?” Bergquist. Before the 2nd period ended, the teams traded goals. Rob got his first of the season and second point of the night and Hayes notched his 2nd assist of the game. Halfway through the 3rd period, Paul Sampson tied the game with a reverse wrap around stuff goal, assisted by Chad. The Cobras rebounded and scored less than a minute later to once again go ahead. With one minute remaining, the Icemen pulled the goalie for an extra attacker. With good fore check pressure, Ray Markowski was able to pick off an attempted clear at the blue line. Stepping around a defender, he ripped a wrist shot that Chad deflected in to score his 2nd goal and third point of the game to force overtime and steal the point.
Icemen complete turn around season for 2nd place finish
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Wed Sep 04th 2013 1:08pm
The Icemen closed out a successful season going 11 – 3- 2 for 24 points, doubling the points from last season’s 6 – 10 record. Our final regular season game was a 2 – 0 loss to the much improved Blue Crabs, who edged the Icemen for first place with 26 points on the season. Congrats to the Crabs. The game was closely played with the Icemen dominating much of the territorial play but the Crabs capitalized on 2 brief lapses. We just didn’t get the bounces despite lots of opportunities. Rebounds were just out of reach, a shot rang off the cross bar, and bouncing pucks wouldn’t lay flat on scrambles. The puck just would not go in. Dr. Bob was the best goalie on the ice despite the score, making several acrobatic saves to keep it close.
The season saw excellent player development from the recent recruits out of adult instructional. Team chemistry improved, as evidenced by our winning record and widest positive goal differential in the division (+30). This was a major turnaround from last season’s -21 goal differential. The credit goes to a solid defense which yielded less than two goals per game – a huge improvement over last season’s almost 5 goals against per game. Overall, the team played with more discipline, averaging less than one penalty per game.
Next up ….the playoffs!
Icemen blast APG 8-2, lead by Adam's Hat trick
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Mon Aug 26th 2013 12:39pm
The Icemen offense got back on track, exploding for 7 unanswered goals in a solid 8-2 win over APG. APG started off well, scoring 2 goals in the first after Adam opened the scoring half way through the first. A key goal by Chad Perkins to tie it up turned the momentum back to the Icemen, and it never left. Entering the second period tied at two, the Icemen turned up the pressure driving to the net, setting up screens, controlling the puck down low, pouncing on rebounds, and choking off the APG breakout. The result was a 4 goal lead after two. Two more in the third period sealed the solid win.
Adam led the way with 3 goals and an assist; Scott had 3 assists; Chad (+ 2 assists) & Hayes (+1 assist) notched their first goals of the season; Ray, Rob, & Paul added goals; John Weiss and Tyler added assists; and Mats was effective making sure everyone’s jersey was perfect using his inflatable dress form at the bench.
Icemen Stung in 4 -3 OT loss to Stingers
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Wed Aug 21st 2013 1:00pm
The Stingers brought their A-game to the rink, having improved themselves since the beginning of the season. Kudos to them for doing it the right way. Caught napping, we fell down 2 - 0 before we were able to tie it up.
Unfortunately we were never able to get the lead but kept the game close. After being tied at the end of 2 periods, the Stingers went up a goal again early in the 3rd. A late goal sent us into overtime, where the Stingers scored with just under a minute to go for the OT win.
Rob, Scott & Adam scored the key goals to earn a critical point in the standings. At 10-2-2, the season is going well. Unfortunately the Blue Crabs have had a hot streak and hold the 1st place tie breaker with an 11-3-0 record.
Icemen melted by Dragon-Bears 3-1
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Wed Aug 21st 2013 12:51pm
The Bears, frustrated that they could not beat us, decided to take liberties with the roster rules by recruiting a half dozen former Dragon players from other teams in different divisions. Even the referees saw through the charade of having the same jerseys when one of the ringers was asked point blank, "What are you doing here?".
The Dragon-Bears jumped out to a 3 goal first period lead, thanks to the Dragons. Pinned in our end for shifts at a time, the Icemen faced our most talented opposition of the season. Nothing like playing against better talent to get better, so battle we did. We held them scoreless for the last two periods, while tallying one by Rob to extend our streak of not being shut out all season.