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.
RECAP: Game 9 vs. Grizzlies (Jan. 14, 2016)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Thu Jan 21st 2016 12:33pm
Team America's (8-1-0-0, 16 pts) offense poured it on last Thursday night, equaling a season high with 10 goals en route to a 10-4 win over the Grizzlies (2-8-0-0, 4 pts). The six-goal triumph was the largest margin of victory for the World Police this season and snapped a streak of six straight wins by two goals or less.
Team America scored the first goal of the game for just the fourth time this season and never looked back from there. After that, they never led by less than two goals. The World Police spread the offense around well, getting tallies from six different players, including two each from defenseman Zach Wilkinson and forward Logan Martin—both of whom had highlight real-worthy goals that would've made even Pavel Datsyuk's jaw drop—as well as forwards Justin Schwechter and Alex Hardyman. In total, eight players had multi-point nights, including six with three or more.
The win, combined with the Warriors loss to the Chiefs last Friday, gives Team America sole possession of first place in the league.
RECAP: Game 8 vs. Spartans (Jan. 3, 2016)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Jan 04th 2016 9:17am
We never make it easy, do we? The "Cardiac Kids" were at it again Sunday night in Eden Prairie as Team America (7-1-0-0, 14 pts) pulled out another thrilling come-from-behind win, 10-9, against the Spartans (2-7-0-0, 4 pts) to remain in a tie for first place.
The World Police trailed by as many as three goals during the game, but they proved resilient once again. Trailing, 8-5, early in the third period, Team America stormed back and scored five of the next six goals -- including the game-winner from defenseman Zach Wilkinson with just 26 seconds left on the clock.
The final goal capped a four-goal night from Wilkinson, boosting his team-leading total to 10 on the season. Forwards Justin Schwechter (1+3) and RJ Kelly (2+2) had four-point nights as well to power the winning effort.