|The second game of today's Riverview Ice Sharks / Leto Falcons
double-header followed a eerily similar pattern as the first.
Riverview dominated in the stats department, but Leto finding a way
to keep things close throughout.
The first period was almost an
exact copy of the morning game, as Riverview held a wide edge in
shots - 13-3 in this case. Unlike the morning contest, it was the
Ice Sharks that got on the board first in this one, thanks to a
breakaway that came late in the period. With just under two and half
minutes remaining the Riverview forward took off down the ice and
snuck a shot in behind the Leto goaltender to grab the early 1-0
lead. Alas, the lead wasn't meant to last until intermission, as a
bad play in the Riverview net resulted in a wrister from just inside
the offensive blue-line clanged off the post and in, tying the game
at a goal apiece. It is likely a save that should have been made,
and the Riverview goalie knew it. Thankfully the Ice Sharks would be
able to head into the first break giving up just the one goal.
The second period was once again dominated by Riverview, but it
was Leto who got on the board first. A breakaway just two minutes in
led to the puck finding it's way into the back of the net on the
first shot of the period, giving the Falcons a 2-1 lead. Riverview
would get the next seven shots on goal, including two shorthanded
opportunities, but it was once again Leto that would find their puck
in the net. The Leto goal in the first period wasn't a great one to
give up, but this one was even worse. The early shot came from
inside the Leto offensive blue line, but this one was from just
inside the defensive blue line - a three-quarter length of the ice
shot - that somehow had eyes for the goal. That would-be
heartbreaking goal at the eight and a half minute mark gave the Leto
squad a 3-1 lead in a game that had been absolutely dominated by the
Ice Sharks. Thankfully they didn't hang their heads after giving up
such a goal, as they answered back with two goals of their own
within 30 seconds, scoring first on a wrister from the right side of
the net with just over five minutes to play, making it a 3-2 game.
The tying goal came at the 4:41 mark, on another wrist-shot, this
one from between the circles. A Riverview unsportsmanlike penalty
with 98 seconds left in the period opened the door for Leto to
retake the lead, which they managed to do thanks to a juicy rebound
that they were able to tip into the goal while grabbing a 4-3 lead
with just 47 seconds remaining to be played in the second. Again,
the Ice Sharks kept attacking, getting three shots on net before
getting their own rebound tap-in goal with 23 seconds left to play.
That would finally be the end of the scoring for the period, and the
two teams would head into the final period tied at 4-4.
Riverview would once again control the offense for the majority
of the period, and a Leto interference call lead to a sweet Ice
Sharks goal. Drew got the primary assist thanks to a beauty of a
pass that the Riverview attacker was able to tip into the net for
their first power play goal of the game. The goal came with just
over six minutes remaining would prove to be the game-winner, as the
Ice Sharks held the Falcons off the board in the third, despite Leto
having an extra attacker after pulling their goalie for the final 45
seconds of game time.
Despite the unfortunate goals against, a win is a win is a win,
and the Ice Sharks will take it! Way to go Riverview, and happy
birthday to Drew!