Rage take games 2 and 3 to punch ticket to Title
The Rage built up a big lead, but after getting into penalty
trouble, needed a late goal to force game
Todd Nichols scored two and Steve Hardy one, as the Rage took a 3-0
lead at first recess.
"We're not fooling around today," said Hardy. "We gotta win this one
and the next one. And I hear Mike Saia is on vacation next week. If
that isn't incentive, then I don't know what is."
After Saia contributed 2 quick assists in the opening minutes of the
game he was benched as much as possible.
"We heard from reliable
sources, and by reliable sources we mean his lady friend, that Mike
is good for 3...4 minutes top once a month or so and that's exactly
what we got," quipped self appointed coach Richard Breed .
In the 2nd, goals by Cormican and new guy Phil cut the lead to just
3-2 and the Aces were very much alive.
A late goal in the middle period by Jon Morin had the Rage back up
by two. But two early strikes in the third by Jimmy D... Is that
right ? Two goals by Jimmy D. ? Is that why Cooz starting
slashing him ???
Any way, the game was now tied at 4-4 and all the Aces needed to do
was hang on for the tie.
The clocked ticked down under 30 seconds. The Aces were starting to
celebrate. But with 21 seconds left, Trevor Hanson sniped one to tie
the game at 5-5, and now a third game would be needed.
"In big games your big players need to step up and Trevor at 275,
maybe 280 was able to make something happen," said Jim Wilkinson.
Gavin Danaher strategically winning 2 of his 28 draws can't be
overlooked. "It's quality not quantity" added Gavin.
The teams would skate 4 on 4 for the 5 minute game three. Just over
a minute in Nichols scored for the Rage. Then with under a minute to
play, Trevor put the Rage up 2-0. That's usually plenty in the mini
game, and it was.
The Rage will go on to play the Fog next week in the Title Game. The
Aces draw the Steelheads in the Consolation Game.
"Should I tell my dad we lost today?" asked Richard Breed.
"Why not, the rest of us are..." replied Steve Hardy.