RECAP: Game 5 vs. Summit (Dec. 6, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Dec 07th 2015 12:44pm
Team America mounted an epic third period comeback against Summit Sunday night in St. Paul and sealed its fifth-straight win with an OT victory, 7-6, to maintain its hold on first place.
Things didn't start well for the World Police (5-0-0-0, 8 pts.), who struggled through the first two periods and found themselves trailing, 5-2, to start the third. Overcoming deficits is nothing new for Team America this season, though, as they had to come back in each of their last three wins coming into last night. Armed with that resilient mindset, the World Police rattled off three straight goals to start the third period to tie the game at five.
The two teams traded a pair of goals from there to send the game to OT, where forward Dane Espenson capped a two-goal night with the game-winner just seconds into the extra period.
RECAP: Game 4 vs. Warriors (Nov. 28, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Nov 30th 2015 3:30pm
Team America (4-0-0-0) stayed undefeated, and claimed sole possession of first place, with a come-from-behind win, 8-7, against the previously unbeaten Warriors (3-1-0-0) Saturday night.
The showdown between the 'A' League's top two teams lived up to the hype. The Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period, but Team America rallied and scored eight of the next 13 goals. The teams went back and forth all game before the World Police took their first lead, 7-6, late in the third period on a goal from forward Ryan Evans before adding another and withstanding a late Warriors charge for the win.
Evans (3+1) and forward Justin Schwechter (1+3) led the way for Team America with four points a piece. This season's varied scoring trend continued, with five different players combining for Team America's eight goals on the night.
RECAP: Game 3 vs. Grizzlies (Nov. 21, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Sun Nov 22nd 2015 10:21am
Tempers flared, but Team America's cooler heads prevailed in a 5-3 win over the Grizzlies Saturday night -- running their win streak to three to start the season.
The World Police (3-0-0-0) showed off impressive scoring balance, getting goals from five different players -- forwards Tom Miskavige (2), Ryan Evans (2) and Daniel Plooster (1) and defensemen Kenny Lawrence (1) and Joseph Blaney (1) -- to overpower the Grizzlies (2-2-0-0). Overall, 12 different players have tallied a goal for Team America already this season.
Arguably no goal was bigger than Lawrence's. With Team America trailing, 2-1, late in the first period, he ripped home a shot from the point with two seconds left to tie the game and seize the momentum. Team America went on a three-goal run after that before the Grizzlies (who had two players ejected) added another in garbage time.
RECAP: Game 2 vs. Spartans A (Nov. 14, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Nov 16th 2015 2:06pm
Team America (2-0-0-0) mounted a furious comeback to beat the Spartans (1-2-0-0) on Saturday night for a thrilling 8-7 victory. The win leaves Team America in a three-way tie for first place with the Grizzlies and Spartans.
Team America started slow and found itself in an early 4-1 deficit, but, sparked by a Mike Downs snipe, roared back to tie the game at four in the second period. The teams see-sawed back and forth after that before forward Eric Theis provided the decisive blow with just over a minute remaining in the game to cap a two-goal night in his debut. Theis and defenseman Zach Wilkinson each had three points on the night.
TA spread its scoring well, getting eight goals from seven different players.
RECAP: Game 1 vs. Chiefs (Nov. 1, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Nov 02nd 2015 8:50am
Newcomers powered Team America (1-0-0-0, t-1st place) to its first win in team history Sunday night, beating the Chiefs (0-1-0-0, t-5th place), 6-1.
Defenseman Zach Wilkinson and forward Matt Fairbanks led the way with two goals a piece. Forward Steve DeMatteis and defenseman Alex Hardyman rounded out Team America's scoring. In all, 10 of the team's 11 points on the night came from first year players. Forward Logan Martin (1A) was the only returnee to notch a point.
Goaltender Chris Anderson was rock solid in his Team America debut, stopping 20 of 21 (.952) shots.