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Hog wild as Shamrocks fall to 0-3.

The Shamrocks have come out of the game a perfect 0-3, falling to all the other teams in the league.

They've even tried 3 different goalies, but all have lost.

Was that the key to the Groundhogs victory today? 

"Coach, what are the wing pairings today?" asked Brendon Bruner.

"I'm going to have Mike Saia play with the purple Grimace protester," replied Rick Armand.

"Well that makes one of us a Grimace," said John Gambale to Bruner.

"It's probably the one of us who skates liked their handcuffed to a barrel of cement," snorted Bruner under his breath.

Prior to today’s game, the Groundhogs announced the indefinite suspension of the team’s motivational speaker, Trevor Hanson. According to the club’s Media Relations representative John Gambale, “Mr. Hanson took part in Thursday’s expressway demonstrations. Two protesters handcuffed themselves to Trevor, making it near impossible for the State Police to move the trio off the road.”  

With Hanson out of the game, the attitude of the 'Hog players was cheerful, positive and focused on teamwork.

“I even passed the puck 3 times today”, chirped Mark DeFilippis.

The gold Hogs were off and running early as Bruner scored just 3 minutes in. Later in the period Todd Twombly scored a pair of goals including one on a 4 on 1 break.

Just before the period ended the Shamrocks got a gift. While shorthanded they pushed the puck deep into the Groundhog zone. The puck came round the boards where Mark Kramer stepped on the puck and fell down. This allowed Mike Cormican to set up Marc Teal for an easy goal on the 2-0 break as the Rocks got on the board finally.

After Mike Saia, yes that Mike Saia, scored to make it 4-1 Hogs, the Rocks would net a pair. Rob Chiulli scored on the PP then he would go coast to coast and score a nice goal to cut the lead to 4-3. But Saia wasn't done. He sent John Gambale away on a breakaway. But Gambale being the non selfish guy he is, allowed the other team to catch up to him, then he send a pass over to a wide open Cormican for the goal with just 4 seconds left in the 2nd.

In the third with Tripp now at the Breakfast Table the Rocks needed to play catch up. After falling behind 6-4 on a shot that hit DeFelippis and went in, Tony Onello scored on a wrap around to get within one again at 6-5. Phil Andrusin ended the game when he put one by a shell shocked Ben Minsk with 26 seconds left for the 7-5 final.

The Hogs move into 2nd place at 2-1 while the Rocks hit rock bottom at 0-3.


Hockeytown A; 16-Jan-2015 06:00 AM; 2015 Regular; Friday

Groundhogs (Friday) 7 vs Shamrocks (Friday) 5

First Period

1. Groundhogs, Bruner, Brendon (Unassisted) 03:00
2. Groundhogs, Twombly, Todd (Kerrigan, Ted) 09:38
3. Groundhogs, Twombly, Todd (Armand, Brian / Armand, Rick) 12:49
4. Shamrocks, Teal, Marc (Cormican, Mike) 18:58 (sh)
Penalties - Fortini, Don - Shamrocks (Hooking-Minor) 17:00

Second Period

5. Groundhogs, Saia, Mike (Twombly, Todd / Armand, Rick) 03:38
6. Shamrocks, Chiulli, Rob (Ragucci, John / Onello, Tony) 11:38
7. Shamrocks, Chiulli, Rob (Unassisted) 15:38 (pp)
8. Shamrocks, Fortini, Don (Cormican, Mike) 07:38
9. Groundhogs, Twombly, Todd (Gambale, John / Armand, Rick) 18:56
Penalties - Steeves, Russ - Groundhogs (Interference-Minor) 10:00

Third Period

10. Groundhogs, DeFilippis, Mark (Armand, Rick / Steeves, Russ) 08:49 (gw)
11. Shamrocks, Onello, Tony (Anderson, George) 09:38
12. Groundhogs, Andrusin, Phil (Armand, Brian / Twombly, Todd) 18:16
Penalties - None.

Goal - Groundhogs: Fuji, Tom; Shamrocks: Minsk, Ben

Power plays - Groundhogs: 0-for-1; Shamrocks: 1-for-1

Officials: Beef and Adam