Sun Devils overcome refs to remain unbeaten,
The Sun Devils have made it a perfect 3
in a row to start off the season, as they took out a depleted Ducks
On paper it was an easy win, seeing as the green Ducks were missing
their top five players, and the line of Gavin, Hardy, elder Breed,
and Saia doesn't exactly strike fear in the heart of any hockey
But first period goals by Phatt Deskin and the forementioned Saia
had the Quacks up 2-0.
"C'mon guys, I can't be carrying this team," said Saia.
"And you probably won't," was the reply.
At the yellow bench, panic had set in, especially after Tony Onello
was hauled down on a break and no penalty was called.
"Okay guys, one of our C players has got to step up, because our A
and B players suck today and the refs are tying to make us lose,"
said Sun Devil captain Onello.
And a C player responded just like that.
Jack Gavin of the Ducks sent a perfect pass to Sun Devil Steve
Iannetti. Steve did a spinorama in the zone, kept the puck, someohow
did not fall down, and through all of that, not only got a shot
away, but on net, and it went in just before the buzzer.
"Man that was like an entire season on one play," said an exhausted
Down 2-1 it took nearly the entire 2nd period for the Sun Devils to
tie it. It came off another beautiful Duck pass. This time it was
Brian Armand setting up the opposition for a goal as Brian Leslie
made the steal and the shot for the tying goal with 6:55 to play in
the middle period.
In the third the 9 Duck skaters were gassed. This allowed the much
more rested 10 Sun Devil players to take over the game.
Speed Bratt thought he had scored a nice goal in the 2nd, but he has
"Foot in Crease" problems. That probably cost him another one in the
third too. As it felt like the refs were in the bag for the Ducks.
But all that didn't stop him from scoring the GWG on the PP and the
clinching goal into the open net with 22 seconds to play.
"I was robbed of a hat trick," said Speed.
After 3 weeks the Sun Devils are now undefeated at 3-0 and red flags
are going up all over the place, especially with the Rick Armand
Tigers sporting an 0-3 record.
ALL GAME PHOTOS ARE HERE
Hockeytown A; 19-Sep-2014 06:00 AM; 2014 Regular; Friday
Sun Devils (Friday) 5 vs Ducks (Friday) 2
1. Ducks, Deskin, Pat (Breed, Rick) 14:00
2. Ducks, Saia, Mike (Deskin, Pat / Hardy, Steve) 16:05
3. Sun Devils, Iannetti, Steve (Unassisted) 18:53
Penalties - Saia, Mike - Ducks (Hooking-Minor) 04:07
4. Sun Devils, Leslie, Brian (Unassisted) 12:05
Penalties - None.
5. Sun Devils, Bratt, Eric (Johnston, Lloyd / Danaher, Gavin) 06:00 (pp)(gw)
6. Sun Devils, Danaher, Gavin (Leslie, Brian) 14:16
7. Sun Devils, Bratt, Eric (Stiegerwald, Luke) 18:38 (en)
Penalties - Armand, Brian - Ducks (Hooking-Minor) 04:05
Goal - Sun Devils: Boccuzzi, Mike; Ducks: Graham, Rollie
Power plays - Sun Devils: 1-for-2; Ducks: 0-for-0
Officials: Beef and Adam