Hoping to springboard off the offensive explosion in their previous game, the Red Liners came out strong against a familiar rival, the Centurions. But it would take all three periods for this battle to be completed. And the Red Liners would come out on top, 5-4.
The first period was a back and forth affair. Neither team could sustain any offensive pressure. Teddy, Big Pauly, and Chucky had a few chances with lose pucks in front of the Centurion goalie, but the rebounds were always a bit too far away for an easy one-timer or wrist shot. Those opponents in green also had several chances especially during a Bleecher’s high sticking penalty but could not capitalize on it.
The second period would quickly turn around for the Red Liners as they refocused their effort on taking more shots on net and minimizing complex passing plays. B-Hole would be credited for the game first goal after picking up a lose rebounded puck from a wrist shot from Toto. The Queen would start off the second goal and she dished it up to Toto who would eventually take wristshot near the right circle. The blocked shot found its way. Ty-man easily shot the loose puck into the Centurions’ empty net. This forward line would complete their collective hat trick with a deflection off a Centurions’ defenseman’s skate. Ty-man was credited with the goal. The Centurions would score their first goal midway through this second period. But Don Juan would take the Cens momentum away. The Rocket moved the puck out of the Red Liners defensive zone toward a breaking Mixy. Finding himself matched up with an opponent in green, he dished the puck off the far boards to a speeding Don Juan. He threaded the puck between the legs of the Centurions defense and slipped his way around them. Finding himself alone, he slid the puck into the five hole of the surprised Centurions goalie.
The third period would end up being a nail biter. The Centurions came out tough and capitalized on some Red Liners mistakes. Doc gave up an orphaned puck deep in their zone as he failed to communicate to Timmeh as to which defensemen to get it. Eventually, the Centurions would come charging back and score their second goal. Hanging Schatz was called for tripping, Unfortunately, the ref did not see the initial play of Schatz pokechecking the puck away before the trip occurred. Regardless, the penalty was successfully killed by Sobo and his crew. The game winning goal was an exercise in frustrating for the Centurions. While in the defensive zone, Ty-man found a wide open Toto at the far blue-line, behind the Centurions defense. Toto snagged the pinpoint accurate pass and had a breakaway against the Cens netminder. He stopped short, froze the goalie, and slip the puck just inside the post. The Centurions did make it exciting by racking up 2 more goals within the last 5 minutes of the game. But the Red Liners shutdown most puck movements to run out the clock. The Cens’ 20 seconds of 6-5 action would not be enough.
With the win, the Red Liners are now 5th place, losing a tie breaker with the Screaming Zombies in 4th, and ahead of The Drunk Monks by a point. With 1 more game to go, the Red Liners can land between 4th and 6th place. Their final game is against the well-matched Buffet Boys. The Zombies will play the equally tough Beer Bistro. The Drunk Monks will meet up with the schizophrenic Theory. The Red Liners hope to enter the playoffs on a 3 game winning streak and go deep into the playoffs.