RECAP: Game 14 vs. Chiefs (Feb. 14, 2016)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Tue Feb 16th 2016 12:04pm
Team America's (11-1-2-0, 24 pts) resiliency was on display Sunday night in Inver Grove Heights as the World Police erased a two-goal third period deficit en route to a 5-3 win over the Chiefs.
Team America has now won three straight games and is unbeaten in its last eight contests.
Trailing, 3-1, entering the third period, Team America rattled off four unanswered goals in the final frame to seize victory. Forward Matt Fairbanks led the World Police's charge with two goals, including the game-winner midway through the third.
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RECAP: Game 13 vs. Warriors (Feb. 11, 2016)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Fri Feb 12th 2016 10:42am
Team America (10-1-2-0, 22 pts) put together its most complete effort of the season Thursday night in Minneapolis, dismantling the Warriors, 12-1, to maintain sole possession of first place.
The 11-goal win was the largest in Team America's history.
The World Police started fast and never looked back in this one, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first period against the league's best defense. The Warriors pulled within 3-1 in the second, but never got closer than that. Team America rattled off the game's next nine goals, including a six-goal outburst in the third period.
Defenseman Zach Wilkinson notched four goals and five points to lead Team America and was one of nine players who had multi-point games. Goaltender Chris Anderson turned away 34-of-35 (.971) shots in the win.
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RECAP: Game 12 vs. Miners (Feb. 6, 2016)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Feb 08th 2016 9:47am
Team America's defensemen ruled the day as the World Police avenged their only loss of the season with a 4-3 win over the Miners Saturday night in Inver Grove Heights.
With the win, Team America remains in first place with 20 points, but holds just a one-point lead over the second place Warriors.
All four of Team America's goals came from the blue line, with defensemen Zach Wilkinson and Joseph Blaney notching two a piece. Team America never trailed in the game, but it was a close contest throughout. Blaney's empty-netter with 59 seconds left, which made it 4-2, proved vital after the Miners drew within one with 19 ticks left on the clock. Team America closed out the win, though--its first over the Miners in team history.
RECAP: Game 11 vs. Summit (Jan. 31, 3016)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Feb 01st 2016 9:30am
After coughing up a three-goal third period lead, Team America (8-1-2-0, 18 pts) had to settle for a tie, 6-6, with Summit Sunday night in St. Paul. It is the second-straight draw for the World Police, who remain in first place but have seen their lead over the Warriors shrink to just one point.
With the score tied at two after two periods, Team America rattled off three straight goals, and four of the next five, to take a 6-3 lead into the final stanza. But things fell apart from there. Summit came back to score three goals in a four-minute span late in the third to tie the game and send it to OT, where a winner failed to emerge.
The forward line of Fairbanks-Espenson-Hardyman was a big bright spot for Team America in the disappointing draw. The three combined for four goals and 11 points, led by two goals and four points a piece from the Red Wing duo of Fairbanks and Hardyman. Defenseman Zach Wilkinson and forward Ryan Evans also lit the lamp for the World Police.
RECAP: Game 10 vs. Warriors (Jan. 23, 2016)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Sun Jan 24th 2016 10:46am
Team America (8-1-1-0, 17 pts) maintained its hold on first place Saturday with a hard-fought, last minute draw, 5-5, with the Warriors (7-2-1-0, 15 pts).
After falling behind, 3-1, Team America turned it around and led, 4-3, late in the third period. But, two Warriors goals in just under a minute put the World Police back on their heels with just over two and a half minutes left in the game.
Team America proved resilient yet again, though. With the goalie pulled, forward Steve DeMatteis tied the game with just 33 seconds left on the clock to salvage a point for the World Police.
Forward Ryan Evans led Team America with three points (1+2) and now has six in his last two games (2+4). Five different players scored goals and had multi-point efforts in the tie.