Game 13

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Sunday, November 20th, 2022              

Game #13

Clearwater Ice Arena - Clearwater 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Riverview Ice Sharks 1          1   1 1 1 1 1 7
River Ridge Mustangs     1 1 1   1         1      1 6

Period Length

15:00 15:00 15:00  


Thanks to his father's poor planning, Drew was late joining his Riverview Ice Sharks game against the River Ridge Mustangs today at the Clearwater Ice Arena. When the schedule was initially released, this game had a 6:30pm start time, so that what was entered into the family calendar. With that time in mind, we made plans during the early afternoon to visit a smash house and have a late lunch at Anna Maria Oyster Bar in Bradenton. We had just finished dinner when Drew got a call from one of his coaches asking where he was. It was at that time that it sunk in that good 'ole dad had messed up and we were going to be late in arriving to the game. Thank goodness the game started even later than scheduled, and we were able to get Drew onto the ice just after the second period started.

With all that said, I don't have anything to add about the opening fifteen minutes, aside from the fact that the score was 2-1 in favor of the River Ridge side. They would widen their lead just over a minute into the second period, on a shot that was flipped up and over the Ice Sharks goaltender, making it a 3-1 game. Despite being late to the game, Drew would get the Sharks back on the board a minute later on a wrap-around goal, closing the gap to 3-2 in his first shift on the ice. With nine and a half to play River Ridge would reclaim a two-goal advantage on a wrist shot that slid in just under the crossbar. With a little over six minutes left in the period, the Riverview team would close the gap thanks to a beautiful pass through the crease that would be tapped in for a goal and a 4-3 score. Two and a half minutes later the Ice Sharks would tie the game once again, this time by gathering in a rebound and shooting it up and over the River Ridge goaltender. With a little less than two minutes to play in the middle period, Drew would score his second goal of the game when he knocked in a rebound, giving Riverview their second lead of the game. The 5-4 score would stand until the end of the period.

With a little less than two minutes elapsed in the third period, Riverview took a tripping penalty that would cost them. Just eight seconds into the man advantage a River Ridge forward fired home a wrister from just outside the right circle, knotting the score at 5-5. River Ridge would take a too-many men on the ice penalty with 5:27 left on the clock, then a minute later they were called for hooking, give the Riverview players a 5 on 3 advantage for a full minute. They used most of that time before finally retaking the lead on a wrist shot that made it through the five-hole. Forty-five seconds after taking the lead once again, the Ice Sharks gave themselves a two-goal advantage for the first time today, flipping the puck up and over the River Ridge goaltender after corralling a rebound in front of the net. River Ridge closed the gap to a single goal with just over 90 seconds to play as they themselves pounced on a rebound and tapped it home, making it a 7-6 game. River Ridge would get called for roughing with just under a minute to play, and that essentially ended their chance at a comeback. The Ice Sharks would survive to take the come from behind victory! Maybe Drew should skip every first period from now on!


Riverview Ice Sharks Varsity Game #13 - at River Ridge Mustangs


Drew looking to make a pass ahead to an Ice Sharks teammate.


Drew hounding a Mustangs skater for the puck.


Drew looking for a pass in front of the net.


Drew skating with the puck through center ice.


Drew making a pass back to his defensive teammates.


Drew and the Riverview Ice Sharks listing to their coaches during intermission.


Drew looking on as a Mustangs player appears try a soccer style "injury".


Drew taking a hit while playing the puck along the boards.


Drew keeping an eye on the puck as the River Ridge players skate along the boards.


Drew working on setting up his office in front of the crease.


Drew battling with a Mustangs defenseman for position...


...while nearly knocking the River ridge player off his skates.


Drew lined up for a faceoff...


...before breaking out as the Ice Sharks gain possession.



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