|Drew and the varsity Riverview Ice Sharks made the
playoffs for the first time this year. Tonight they would face
off against the Land O' Lakes Fighting Gators. Riverview and Land O'
Lakes met once during the regular season, in the very first game of
the season for either team, with the Ice Sharks taking the victory
by a 6-2 margin.
There wasn't a lot to report on during the
opening period of tonight's matchup, as the only official event to
make it into the scorebook was a Fighting Gators penalty for hooking
with less than five minutes remaining. Land O' Lakes was able to
kill off the penalty, only allowing a single shot on goal during the
two minute Riverview power play. The opening period would come to a
close with the score tied at 0-0, with the Ice Sharks holding a 10-5
The second period was similar to the first. Once again there was
no scoring during the fifteen minute period, but there were some
good looks for each team. Riverview took an interference penalty
with just over seven minutes remaining, and gave up a couple of
scoring opportunities but no goals while shorthanded. With a little
less than two and a half to go the Gators were called for roughing,
and they too were able to kill off that penalty. We would head into
the final intermission with the scored still knotted at 0-0.
Land O' Lakes would take another roughing penalty with ten
minutes to play in the third, and the Ice Sharks peppered the Gators
net with shots, but they were unable to net the elusive goal that
was needed to grab the lead. In order to give the team a rest, the
Riverview coaches called for a timeout with just under six minutes
to play. The brief break didn't lead to any extra offense for the
Sharks, however, as the Gators would manage the next four shots on
goal. It was that fourth shot that proved to be the difference
maker, as a Gators forward fired a shot from the right circle that
snuck under the arm of the Riverview goaltender, giving Land O'
Lakes a 1-0 lead. The Ice Sharks would attempt to claw their way
back to even, but they just weren't able to do so.
After the game Drew said that his team was convinced that they
had scored the games opening goal, but that the Land O' Lakes
goaltender somehow managed to pull the puck out of the net before
the referees were able to see it. Although I missed it live, it
appears that the puck is just about to cross the line in picture #9
below, which leads me to believe that he is correct. I also heard a
parent next to me say that the puck crossed the line when viewed
from that end of the rink. I'm not sure if the outcome of the game
would have been any different, but it certainly would have changed
how things went during the end of the game. Of course, replay isn't
available, so we have to live with this ending...
Although it wasn't the outcome we wanted, it was a great season
for the team. Way to go Ice