Game 7 vs. West End Bruins
Are You Kidding Me?! (or, The Cardiac Kids Do It Again)
Being that this was the first game off of an emotionally charged weekend, I was concerned about what kind of energy we’d bring into this game. I could tell that even I felt a bit hockey-fatigued but by the middle of the game I was right back into it.
Gage Bechard, setup by Matthew Vis, was the only goal of the first period as both teams came out of the gates a bit disinterested.
In the second, the Bruins took a 2-1 lead with an even-strength goal and a powerplay goal but soon after we tied the game 2-2 with a powerplay marker of our own scored by Chad Toman, who’s actually been a rock for us on the man-advantage.
Five minutes into the third period, the Bruins had matched their effort in the second with another even-strength goal and powerplay marker to make it 4-2. For those first 5 minutes our guys looked lackadaisical, lethargic, disinterested, and were just not making the smart, low-risk plays that win games. Why try dangle around a someone (or several players) when you can just dump it by him (or them)? I was worried that this game had slipped away… But I should have learned by now.
Cue the comeback. At the 5 minute mark, “Captain Clutch” Gage Bechard got things started with a smart dump-in rush and ended up drawing a penalty from his offensive pressure. Almost immediately we scored on the powerplay as Kevin Janik scored to make it 4-3. Then, only 12 seconds later, Hayden Hickey scored his first goal of the game. Just like that, it was tied 4-4.
The Bruins weren’t demoralized, however, as they took a 5-4 lead with 1:34 remaining in the game.
So with under a minute remaining, with a face-off in the offensive zone, we pulled Colin for the extra attacker. Greg through out his four forwards. I have been using Jordan Gaudette and Kevin Hay on the powerplay most of the time, and while Big Kevy had played well in the offensive zone, I had a feeling about Travis Vescio. I had been watching Travis the last couple shifts creep off the point into dangerous scoring areas looking to be setup in the high slot. Sure enough, the puck found its way onto Travis’ stick and he put a low, quick shot towards the net which Hayden tipped past the goalie for his second of the game to tie it up 5-5 with 19 seconds left.