Week of February 25 (Game 1) – This game was a snapshot of two teams heading in opposite directions. Both teams were stuck in losing streaks, 11 Guys, 1 Ball in the midst of a three game losing streak, while Shark Attack was stuck in a two game losing streak. Something had to give. 11 Guys, 1 Ball put an emphatic end to their losing streak with a 6 – 2 win over Shark Attack. For Shark Attack, the season long freefall continues!
11 Guys, 1 Ball left no doubt in the first period that they came to play, scoring three times and not allowing a goal against. Dominic Defrancisco set the tempo early for his team, as his hustle and fore check resulted in a defensive turnover only thirty seconds into the game that led to a power play. Thirty seconds later after being set up by Dom and Mike Delorey, saw Carlos Machado throw a shot on net from down on the icing line that somehow found the back of the net, giving his team the early lead. Five minutes later, Tony Medeiros found himself wide open in the high slot, after some pinpoint tic-tac-toe passing between Dom and Shawn Wyatt, resulting in a two goal lead. With only seventeen seconds to play in the period, Dom found Carlos on the right wing whose shot was initially saved by the goalie but dropped loose for Carlos to tap into an open net for the three goal lead.
Needing a desperate response to prevent getting blown out, Shark Attack scored two goals in twenty two seconds early in the second period as first Niko Vramis scored his first goal of the season, which was followed up by Mauro Colucciello picking the far top corner after some nifty passing by Mark Stickney and Jim Barber. However, after a questionable delay of game penalty call, followed by another penalty against Shark Attack, 11 Guys, 1 Ball took advantage seventeen seconds later to go up by two goals when Ray Dow was set up by Dom. Thirty seconds after that, Dom added an insurance goal.
After the game settled down in the third period, Tony capped off the scoring with less than a minute to play, after being set up in close by Dom and John Leite to account for the game’s final score. Dom’s signature was all over this game.
Week of February 25 (Game 2) – Both teams came into this game riding two game winning streaks and fighting to move up in the standings. In a closely fought battle either team was capable of emerging victorious, the Pylons came out on top with a 4 – 3 overtime win. With this win, the Pylons moved into a tie for first place overall in the standings.
In a back and forth first period, each team played a fast paced, wide open attacking style that generated multiple scoring chances for both teams. Only thirty seconds into the game saw Shawn Miville score his fifth goal in his last three games, set up by Steve Witkus and John Kelleher. Halfway through the period, Sour Grapes answered back as Sergio Costa finally scored his first goal of the season, after being set up by George Medeiros.
The fast pace continued in the second period by both teams. Just like in the first period, only thirty seconds in saw a goal, this time Rick Cassano doing the honors, after being set up by Otak Deluca and George. However, the Pylons answered right back twenty seconds later as Anthony Lauletta took a feed from Shawn and John to tie this game at two apiece. At the four minute mark, on an ensuing power play, some quick passing by John and Shawn opened up the rink to find Steve Witkus open on the right point whose bomb beat the goalie, giving the Pylons the lead. Less than two minutes later, Sergio answered right back with a sniper goal after he was set up by Rick and George.
The third period saw the Pylons kill off three penalties, including a huge 5-on-3 with four minutes to play, keeping this game tied headed into overtime. Two minutes into overtime saw Steve Witkus jump on a loose ball on a pass from Shawn and carry down the left side. Steve’s snapshot whistled past the goalie finding the back of the net to cap off a brilliant multi-goal game by the Pylons number 1 defenseman.
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