Elks Report: Games 10, 11, 12
Game 10 vs. Fort William Canadiens
This was a game where we just didn’t have it, not to take anything away from the Canadiens, who played well and definitely deserved the win but our side just seemed disinterested. It looked like maybe there was a spark for a comeback when Juha Ylinen scored from the point to make it 5-2 but we hurt ourselves with some undisciplined penalties and sloppy play. Final score 6-2 loss.
Game 11 vs. Fort William Hurricanes
We needed a good game before we headed off to Grantsburg, WI for our first out of town tournament. Going into this game, the Hurricanes were 0-11 on the season but I definitely didn’t want our boys believing that they’d just be handed the win.
We opened up a 2-0 lead in the first with goals from Zach Shaw and Gage Bechard. Chad Toman and Hayden Hickey would double that early in the second to make it 4-0, but then came the moment our team has been waiting for: Matthew Vis has had a serious monkey on his back, having not scored a goal yet this year, so when he ripped a clapper from what could be considered a point shot, the whole bench erupted. Vis was getting a lot of chances so it was good to see him capitalize, and on his old team!
In the third period, the Herks quickly came out and blew Jeremy Moore’s shutout on a nice rush. In typical Jeremy fashion, not blaming his teammates, Jeremy would say “I should have had that.” Gage would pop in his 2nd of the night before Vis would strike again! His 2nd of the night was a nice individual effort. 7-1 good guys.
Game 12 vs. South End Junior Stars
After returning from Grantsburg our first game back was against the now apparently surging South End. They’d won their last two games and are beginning to look like they’re turning their season around.
In the first period, Hayden, Gage, and John Zurkan all scored to put us up 3-0. South End would score in a crease scramble before the period was out to cut the lead to two.
In the second, South End’s strategy became apparent when they began just flipping pucks into the neutral zone when their star player would fly in and scoop those up and go for a rush – and rightly so! He would score two goals in that period to tie the game.
During the intermission, we had told our players to watch for that and make that adjustment. The third was filled with good scoring chances on both sides but also excellent goaltending from Colin Walker and our opponents. 3-3 tie.