|If there is one thing that the Riverview Ice Sharks Blue haven't
been known for through their first five games of the season, it is
fast starts. In fact, they have only scored in the first period
twice, and one of those goals came with under a minute to play in
the period. Tonight it was a different story, as they would net
their first goal of the period just 30 seconds in, on a tap-in of a
rebound. Less than two minutes later they would answer with another
goal, on another rebound that got shot up high over the goaltender.
The 2-0 lead would match their biggest of the season to date.
Unfortunately, it wouldn't last, as the Panthers would answer with a
goal of their own at the 4:25 mark on a beautiful pass through the
crease that was redirected in behind the Ice Sharks goaltender. Just
when it looked like the 2-1 score would hold until intermission, the
Panthers would find the back of the net once again, this time with
only 14.8 seconds on the clock, on a long shot from between the
circles. That would know the score at two goals apiece, and that
would be the score heading into the second period.
period would be more of a return to "normal" Ice Sharks hockey, as
the action would slow way down throughout the period. Riverview
would get called for an early tripping penalty, but they were able
to kill it off. The Plant Panthers would get called for a tripping
call of their own halfway through the Riverview penalty, making it a
4v4 game for a almost a full minute. Once the Riverview skater
returned to the ice, they were able to take advantage of having the
extra man by scoring their first power-play goal of the game, giving
them a 3-2 lead with 7:25 remaining in the period. That would be it
for scoring in the period, as both teams would trade shots on goal
but neither were able to take advantage of their chances.
The third period wasn't what you would call great hockey, at
least from a fan standpoint. Each team would take two penalties over
the course of the period, which really disrupted the flow. Riverview
took advantage of their opportunities the most, as they would
outshoot Plant 9-6 during the period, and 9-2 after the initial
Plant onslaught to start the period. The 3-2 score would hold until
the final whistle, giving the Ice Sharks their second victory of the
season, and their second in a row!