|Drew and his Novi FireCats teammates hosted the Bay County
Blizzard, who had one of Drew's former Lapeer Storm teammates on the
roster at forward.
The FireCats got off to a strong start,
grabbing the early lead and not looking back during the first
quarter. The FireCats had a 2-0 lead before the period was even 1/3
of the way over, and they added an additional goal to their lead
before the period was halfway through. After a brief lull in the
action, the Blizzard final broke the ice and scored a power play
goal of their own, making the score 3-1 on Drew's roughing penalty.
The FireCats got that goal back, though, scoring less than 30
seconds later to reclaim a three goal lead.
The second period was slow starting, as the FireCats spend the
majority of the first 8 minutes in the penalty box. Thankfully their
carelessness didn't cost them, but it was the Bay County team that
scored first, narrowing the score to 4-2 in favor of Novi. Drew
would draw a slashing penalty on the Blizzard team, and it would
benefit the FireCats as they scored 20 seconds into the power play.
A second FireCats power play led to their second goal of the period,
as they would take a 6-2 lead into the final 15 minutes.
It was a good thing that the FireCats had the 4 goal lead, too,
as they appeared to take the entire third period off. The Blizzard
would score two breakaway goals within a minute near the middle of
the frame, as our defense seemed to be on vacation. Thankfully they
tightened up a bit after that, holding the opposition at bay for a
bit. It wasn't until there was 30 seconds left in the game, with
their goalie on the bench, that the Blizzard would score again, on
another breakaway. This would be the final goal, as the FireCats
turned a blowout into a nail biter, which they thankfully held on to