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Presidents clinch top seed with 5-4 win.


The navy Presidents may have already clinched first place, but they made sure of it with a 5-4 win over the lonely Hearts on Friday.

They say the best defense is a good offense. But on Friday mornings, a good offense means a bad defense.

This was true for Ed Coughlin who thought he was Mark Wood, and tried to rush the puck out of his own zone. Instead he coughed up the puck leading to one of the Presidents' goals.

In the south rink Wood actually had to sit down on the bench for a minute. "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, like a 3rd line defenseman tried to rush the puck out of his own zone," said Wood.

As mentioned nothing was on the line here as the first and second place teams just played out the string. The sub goalie for red was really good, but not as good as the number one Friday goalie, Rollie.

"It's hard to replace Cooz," said Andy Long. "You can fill in the rest of that thought yourself."

Bill Osbahr put the navy Presidents team up 1-0 thanks to that Coughlin giveaway. In the 2nd a pair of Mark Melito goals for the Hearts would get him the scoring title.

"I'm just here to show everyone how valuable I can be," said Melito. "Now that I've wrapped up the scoring title, I can start thinking of passing to some of the lesser guys on the team."

"Was he looking at me when he said that?" replied Al Peterson, who finished with a pair of assists.

The Hearts also got a goal from slumping forward Richard Breed as they took a 3-2 lead into the third. Three straight Presidents goals by Wilkinson, Murphy, and Steigerwald (if that isn't a law firm) had them up 5-3.

Melito's hat trick late cut it to 5-4, but that's how this one ended.

Mike Uretsky didn't factor much into this game.

Red plays Gold next week and Navy plays Green in the playoffs.


ALL GAME PHOTOS HERE


Hockeytown B; 20-Mar-2015 06:00 AM; 2015 Regular; Friday

Presidents (Friday) 5 Hearts (Friday) 4

First Period

1. Presidents, Osbahr, Bill (Unassisted) 12:48
Penalties - None.

Second Period

2. Presidents, Nichol, Todd (Osbahr, Bill) 05:26
3. Hearts, Melito, Mark (McCarthy, Dan / Smith, Joe) 07:20
4. Hearts, Melito, Mark (Peterson, Al / Morin, Jon) 08:20
5. Hearts, Breed, Richard (Long, Andy) 10:04
Penalties - Long, Andy - Hearts (Hooking-Minor) 01:28

Third Period

6. Presidents, Wilkinson, Jim (Leslie, Brian) 00:55
7. Presidents, Murpny, Rick (Uretsky, Mike / Steigerwald, Jake) 03:30
8. Presidents, Steigerwald, Luke (Hardy, Steve) 08:05 (pp)(gw)
9. Hearts, Melito, Mark (Peterson, Al / Long, Andy) 17:20
Penalties - Johnston, Lloyd - Hearts (Hooking-Minor) 07:20

Goal - Hearts: Upgrade, Goalie; Presidents: Graham, Rollie

Power plays - Hearts: 0-for-0; Presidents: 1-for-2


Officials: Vin, Jason