Game 12

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Friday, November 18th, 2022              

Game #12

Lakeland Ice Arena - Lakeland 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Riverview Ice Sharks 1      1 1      3
Durant Cougars 0 1 1       1 1 4

Period Length

15:00 15:00 15:00  


Drew and his Riverview Ice Sharks teammates travelled to Lakeland to face off against the Durant Cougars at the Lakeland Ice Arena.

There wasn't a ton of action during the first period, as the two teams tried to get a feel for each other in the ice. Over the course of the fifteen minute period the Ice Sharks held a 9-8 edge in shots on goal over the Cougars, and that one shot difference resulted in a one goal difference as well, as the Riverview side scored the lone goal of the period with just under nine minutes to play thanks to a misplay by the Durant goaltender that a Riverview attacker was able to tap in for an easy goal. That was it for the scoring in the period, and there were no penalties called either, so the two teams would head into the first intermission with the same 1-0 score.

The action picked up a bit in the second period, but it was the Cougars who dominated early. They would score on their second shot of the period just 34 seconds in during a scramble in front of the goal that resulted in the puck just slipping in behind the Sharks goaltender, knotting the score at 1-1. Two minutes later Durant would take the lead for the first time, on a flukey type goal as they would flip the puck up from the side of the goal and it would find its way in somehow from a tough angle, making the score 2-1. Riverview managed a quick response, to tie the game up once again, as they were able to fire home a rebound through the Durant goalie's five-hole with just over eleven minutes to play in the period. The two teams would trade shots on goal for the rest of the period, and Riverview would take the lone penalty for a tripping call with ten and a half to play, but neither team could manage to get the score that would break the tie. Each team would manage 10 shots on goal before heading to the second intermission.

Riverview got the first big opportunity to retake the lead in the third period, thanks to an early Durant penalty less than a minute in, but they weren't able to convert while holding the man advantage. With just under nine minutes to play, a Riverview penalty would give Durant an opportunity of their own, but it was the Ice Sharks who would score first, thanks to a shorthanded breakaway just 30 seconds into the penalty, as they managed to grab a 3-2 lead. The lead was a short one, however, as the Cougars managed to fire a wrister home from the right circle not even a minute after to tie the game once again. It looked as though the game was going to end with the scored tied at 3-3, but the Cougars pressed hard late in the game, firing six straight shots on goal. That last shot proved to be the game winner, as they were able to get their stick on a rebound and tip it into the net for a 4-3 lead. Drew managed to get Riverview's final shot on goal, but he wasn't able to find the back of the net, and the Ice Sharks fell by that 4-3 score.


Riverview Ice Sharks Varsity Game #12 - at Durant Cougars


Drew heading up the ice after the play changed ends.


A close-up of Drew along the boards.


Drew playing a bouncing puck in a crowd of Durant players.


Drew trying to get the puck out of the Ice Sharks defensive zone.


Drew watching a clear attempt slide towards the blue line.


Drew trying to set a screen in front of the Cougars net.


Drew trying to get control of the puck in the defensive zone.


Drew almost completely blocking out the Durant goaltender.


Drew looking for a pass in front of the net...


...and then trying to jam the puck home...


...before the puck slides across to the other side of the goalie's pads... Drew and his teammates continue poking away at it...


Drew trying to find the back of the net on a one-timer.


Drew looking to knock home the rebound.



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