|Even though the Riverview Ice Sharks held the lead going into
the first intermission, they really shouldn't have based on how
things went early in the game. Newsome got the first four shots on
net, and dominated the puck for the majority of the opening twelve
minutes. It was the Ice Sharks that got on the board first, despite
it all. Their first shot came from just inside their blue line, and
they made good on it, as the puck nestled in the back of the net for
a 1-0 lead with just over three minutes elapsed. The Newsome squad
would continue to control the action, and would go on to outshoot
the Riverview team 11-4 over the course of the period, but some
outstanding play from the Ice Sharks goaltender kept them off the
board. Despite just having those four shots, it was the Ice Sharks
would would carry the lead going into the second period.
second period got off to a slow start, as the two teams combined for
zero shots over the opening two minutes. Newsome took a too many men
penalty at the 10:06 mark, and they would actually go on to tie the
game thanks to a shorthanded effort that found the back of the net
halfway through their penalty kill. That came on the first shot of
the period! There were no more goals in the second, but not for lack
of trying. Newsome once again outshot Riverview, this time by a 10-6
margin, with half of the Ice Sharks shots coming on the powerplay.
The third period opened with another onslaught of Newsome shots
before Riverview finally began tilting the ice towards their end.
After being outshot early 6-1, Riverview reeled off five shots in a
row. At the 4:40 mark Newsome was called for a holding penalty,
putting the Ice Sharks on the man advantage. Just 10 seconds in, the
were able to convert to retake the lead by a 2-1 margin. With two
minutes remaining, Riverview would be called for high sticking, and
Newsome would pull their goaltender to gain a 6v4 advantage on the
ice. Thankfully, the Riverview goaltender was once again up for the
challenge, fending off several quality looks for the Newsome team.
With less than 10 seconds remaining in the period, an Ice Sharks
skater gained control of the puck on the penalty kill and fended off
some Newsome challenges to skate down the ice and deposit the puck
into the empty net for a 3-1 lead, which would hold for the final
score as well. Way to go Ice Sharks!