Short on Players, Blades Happy with Tie in Home Opener
By D. Glazer
Facing off in another epic battle, the Blades and Cats skated to a 3-3 tie.
I would like to say, to the intrepid 8 players who showed up today, WAHOO!! I really appreciated how hard everyone skated, really pushing their limits, and the result was some absolutely stellar play from everyone.
Our plan was to come out hard, and we did, scoring in the first shift, when Kelly took a hard shot from the side and Meredith whacked home the rebound. This seemed to put the Cats back on their heels, and we took control of the play in the first, scoring another goal, only this time it was Kelly from Meredith.
The second was a tougher period for us, with the long shift change, and the Cats took advantage and made the score 2-1, on a breakdown in our end. We had a power play but lost the advantage when Sarah took a penalty too. Our penalty kill held up and it looked like we would get out of the 2nd still one goal up when I took a (bad) penalty and they got a lucky bounce.
Going into the 3rd period tied 2-2, we came out harder and attacked their net. On the resulting face-off, the puck slipped past me and one of their players took off, with me literally hanging on her back, and slipped the puck in our net.
But we fought back, and Karyn got the puck up to Kelly, who broke into their zone and took a quick shot, tying the game.
With the 3-3 tie, things got really intense. Stephanie had a fabulous game, especially in the third, including keeping the puck out of the net, while lying on her back, with two of their players whacking at the puck and another on top of her.
Up front, Meredith, Kelly and Karyn played as if they had been a line for years, not just one game. Karyn was on the ice for all three goals, and had her feet moving the whole time. Nina had a beauty of a chance in front of the net (she was totally robbed!) and Namiko looked confident on the puck and was tough along the boards, as she always is.
On D, Sarah played as hard as I’ve seen her (and that’s saying a lot) and brought the puck up and out again and again. Carol Anne stepped in and played a very strong game as our third defenseman. For those of you who have done it, playing 3 D is brutal, and I knew Carol Anne was tired but she never gave up battling in front of our net.
We finished as we started, in an even contest, playing hard until the last second. It was a tough game, truly, but hopefully it gives everyone the confidence to know that we CAN play like that, even with limited numbers.