Westchester Scores Tiebreaker with 16.7 Seconds Left
By D. Glazer
We had plenty of players on the bench this time – three full lines and five defense – but, as Coach Greg pointed out, it was COLD on that ice, and we didn’t get much time to warm-up or stay warm. We did, however, have back our very own Bionic Woman, Laurie Woods, returning after 6 months off the ice, without losing one bit of her stellar play.
We came out hard and so did the Wildcats. The game was back and forth, up and back the ice, with a lot of good puck carrying by our newest players, Kelly and Alyssa. Lora D on D was a sight to behold, carrying the puck end to end in her calm, controlled style. Way to go Lora – who hasn’t played D before! And welcome back to D to Meredith; it might have been a few years since we played together but you haven’t lost the knack.
The tie was finally broken in the 2nd period by the new line of Lisa, Alyssa and Namiko (say that fast three times.) Alyssa had a stellar shot on the net and Lisa was right in front to put home the rebound, making it 1-0 Blades.
The Wildcats came back hard in the 3rd period, cherry-picking, pushing for breakaways and crashing the net, and they got lucky on a bounce in front while Steph was screened, to make it 1-1.
Both teams continued to fight, back and forth, and it looked like we would go home with the 1-1 tie, when they got a loose player down low and just snuck one past Steph as she was sliding across to stop the puck. With the score now in their favor, we pulled Stephanie and put six (wo)men on the ice. We got control of the puck and got it into their end but we just couldn’t put it on the net, and the game ended 2-1, Wildcats.
TIt was still a great game, with a lot of speed and action on both sides, and I am looking forward to facing them again because I know we can win!