Nobody said winning hockey games was easy. And the Red Liners experienced that first hand with their 7-3 loss against the Warriors. The CGHA was coming off a very successful Pride Parade spectacle and was hoping to carry that energy against their tough game against the Warriors.
The first period was a back and forth affair as both teams tried to work out the kinks of their line combinations. The Red Liners had trouble controlling the bouncing puck as their charged at the Warriors. Turnovers abound while the Warriors’ netminder stood on his head blocking shots from both posts. In the end, both sides remained scoreless.
The Warriors came out in full force in the second period and quickly got on the board with a strange deflected shot that was knocked into the Red Liners’ net. These SJ Sharks jersey colored opponents would rack up 3 more goals during and around back-to-back Red Liner penalties. But the Red Liners would get on the scoreboard off a bounding corner dump-in pass by Timmy D. Fighting through the opponents, Toe shot the loose puck across the slot that was partial deflected by the Warriors’ goalie. Ty-man slammed in the rebound into the empty net. The momentum continued with C Smith cleaning up the trash from the blocked slapshot by Stock from the point.
The CGHA would not
be able to carry the momentum into the third period. The Warriors came back again harder than in the previous period as the Red Liners seemed to be tiring out and having to play catch-me-if-you-can hockey. Their would be one more goal for the Red Liners as Toe took a wrist shot from the far circle. The rebound was lost as B-Hole crashed the net. Ty-man would again fire in a loose puck into the empty net. These boys in red would have several more chances but the Warriors’ goalie seemed to be sucking up any amateur level shots.
While frustration abound on the ice, in the stands, and on the bench, the Red Liners hope to build off the tough loss against this strong opponent.But these tired and now wounded players realize there is always another game, another chance to exhaust yourself, another chance to make up for lazy plays from the past, and another chance to congratulate your opponents for a good game.