Game 8
 

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June 4th, 2021              

Game #8

10:00pm
TGH Ice Plex - Tampa 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Riverview Ice Sharks Blue 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
Newsome Wolves Blue 1      1 1      1 0 4

Period Length

12:00 12:00 12:00  

 

Tonight's game was an interesting one, as each period was very different from the others. The refereeing was very tight in the opening period, as there was a total of 6 penalties called for a total of twelve penalty minutes - equal to the length of the period itself! The second of the penalties called on the Ice Sharks came back to bite them, as it resulted in a power play goal on the Wolves first shot of the game. Newsome got called for their second penalty of the game shortly after their goal, and this time it was the Ice Sharks who were able to take advantage, as a slick move on a breakaway led to the undressing of the goaltender and an easy goal to tie things at 1-1. Each team took their third penalties after that goal, but neither was able to take advantage of their opportunities. It wasn't until there was just under two minutes remaining that Riverview broke through to grab their first lead of the game, scoring on what would be their last shot of the period to make it a 2-1 game. Unfortunately, the Wolves kept attacking and found the back of the net on a long shot from the top of the circles with just under a second on the clock to make it a 2-2 game heading into the first intermission.

Unlike the first period, the second was a totally different story. There were a grand total of zero penalties called over the course of the middle twelve minutes, allowing the game to have a much better flow to it. Unfortunately for the Ice Sharks, it was the Wolves that started out the period hot, getting the first three shots on goal before Riverview even attempted their first. Their fourth shot of the period came at the nine minute mark and resulted in a goal that gave them the lead for the first time since early in the first period. It took just under three minutes for the Ice Sharks to answer back, on another nifty move that deked the goaltender out of position before the Sharks skater backhanded one in over his pads. That tied the game at 3 goals apiece. Barely 20 seconds later the Ice Sharks scored again, driving hard to the net before tipping in the rebound to grab the lead once again, this time at 4-3. Unfortunately, that lead lasted just barely 90 seconds, as the Wolves knotted the score at 4-4. That score would hold until the final intermission.

It was Riverview that was quickest to the puck to open the third period, as they gained control and fired a wrist-shot from the top of the circle 21 seconds into the period that gave them a 5-4 lead. Not even two minutes later another hard shot resulted in a juicy rebound that the Ice Sharks were able to control and drive into the back of the net, widening their lead to 6-4 with just under ten minutes remaining. With a little over four minutes remaining in the contest one of the Ice Sharks skaters drove hard to the net and powered in a goal that gave them their first three goal lead of the game (and the season!). Though that was the end of the scoring, it wasn't the end of the fireworks. One of the Ice Sharks skaters took some hard "body contact" from a Wolves player that wound up ending the Riverview players night. In a non-checking league this was definitely a no-no hit, but the ref didn't deem it a check, but rather just standard body contact. The Riverview coach obviously took objection to this call, to the point that he wound up with an unsportsmanlike conduct call. Even the official scorer tried explaining to the ref this was a non-checking league, to no avail. Moments after that penalty was called, the Ice Sharks were called for a tripping penalty. That gave the Wolves a two-man advantage, which they added to by pulling their goalie. They were unable to convert on their 6v3 advantage thanks to some quality penalty killing, as the Ice Sharks held on for their third victory of the season. Way to go Riverview!

 


Riverview Ice Sharks Blue Game #8 - vs. Newsome Wolves Blue


Drew moving into position to take a pass from a teammate.

Drew looking to make a pass near the blue line.

Drew skating with the puck through center ice.

Drew keeping an eye on the puck while setting up in the crease...

...and trying to deflect a shot through the crease.

Drew keeping an eye on the puck while still trying to screen the goaltender.

Drew trying to redirect a shot that sailed just wide of the net.

Drew looking to make a pass near center ice.



 

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