RECAP: Game 20 vs. Spartans (March 21, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Wed Mar 25th 2015 3:12pm
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - Team America's inaugural season ended with a league-ruled forfeit loss, 1-0, to the Spartans (9-10-1-0, 5th place) Saturday night. Despite the "forfeit," the two teams played a full game, which T.A. won, 9-3.
The game was ruled a forfeit because the World Police (0-20-0-0 *technically*, 7th place) borrowed two opposing players to fill out their bench because only five of their own players were available. Both Team America and the Spartans played the game under the impression that the game would not be forfeited. So, while the standings won't show it, as far as Team America is concerned, it finished the season with a win.
The "loss" concludes the first season in Team America history. Forward Justin Schwechter finished as the team leader in goals (13) and points (26) and tied with forward Tom Miskavige for the assists crown (13).
See you all next year.
RECAP: Game 19 vs. Grizzlies (March 18, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Fri Mar 20th 2015 11:19am
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Despite a mid-game rally, Team America (0-19-0-0, 7th place) came up short, 10-4, to the Grizzlies (8-10-0-2, 5th place) Wednesday night in St. Paul.
The Grizzlies jumped out to an early lead and led by five, 6-1, after the first period. Team America chipped away, scoring three unanswered goals between the second and early third periods, to draw within two, but that's as close as the World Police got. The Grizzlies closed the game out with a four-goal run to seal the deal.
Forward/captain Justin Schwechter notched a hat trick and four points in the win and claimed the team points lead in the process. Forward Dane Espenson wasn't far behind with three (0+3) points. Forward Ryan Evans scored the only other goal for Team America.
RECAP: Game 18 vs. Grizzles (March 8, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Tue Mar 10th 2015 11:17am
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn - Another "close, but no cigar" effort for Team America (0-18-0-0, 7th place) resulted in a 10-5 loss to the Grizzlies (7-9-0-2, 6th place) Monday night in St. Louis Park.
Team America boasted leads of 3-1 and 4-3 in the first two periods and the game was tied, 5-5, at the second intermission. Unfortunately, as they have so many times this season, tired legs did Team America in in the final stanza. Playing with only seven skaters, Team America couldn't keep up the pace in the third period and the Grizzlies scored five unanswered goals to seal the game.
Forward Brendan Rose netted a hat trick and five points and forwards Tom Miskavige and Justin Schwechter each tallied a goal and three points in the loss.
RECAP: Game 17 vs. Miners (Feb. 25, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Thu Feb 26th 2015 11:43am
ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the second-straight game, a sluggish start was the difference as Team America (0-17-0-0, 7th place) fell to the Miners (10-5-2-0, 2nd place), 6-4, Wednesday night in St. Paul.
The Miners jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period, which proved to be enough for the win. Take away the first 17 minutes and Team America outscored the Miners, 4-2.
It was arguably Team America's best game of the season. It tied a season-low for goals against (6) and the losing deficit (-2) was the lowest of the year. Forward Tom Miskavige had two goals in the loss and forwards Chris Bixby and Justin Schwechter also tallied for Team America.
RECAP: Game 16 vs. Spartans (Feb. 22, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Feb 23rd 2015 9:45am
RICHFIELD, Minn. -- A slow start doomed Team America (0-16-0-0, 7th place) against the Spartans (7-8-1-0, 5th place) Sunday night in a 10-2 loss.
The Spartans jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. It was actually a fairly even game after that, including an equal second period, but the early five-goal hole was too much for Team America to overcome.
Forwards Tom Miskavige (9) and Dane Espenson (4) scored for Team America in the loss.