While the CGHA and Butchers Union are friendly off the ice, both teams were nothing but business on the ice. There was even a sprinkling of friendly taunts between periods. With the last minute loss of one David S. , upper CGHA management settled o
n having a full set of defensemen but only two centers.
The clock in the first period seemed to run non-stop. Both teams kept the puck moving up and down the ice with good plays made at both ends. But it would be the boys and girl in white that would strike first. Baby scrambled with the Butchers behind their net but was able to feed the
puck near the right post. Pete fired a shot at the Butchers’ netminder, Littlefield. The rebound laid just inside the left post. A passing Davy was able to pop in it for his first CGHA goal. The Union would get to tie it up with their tenacity. One of these boys in red tried to shoot in a loose puck near the right Red Liners goalpost. Dr. Nick was able to block the first two attempts but the Butchers popped the third try into the upper part of the net.
The second period was more of the same back and forth. Oddly, the Red Liners’ second goal would be similar to their first. Teddy deked his way through the slot and fired a wrist shot at the Union’s net. Standing by the right post, B-hole tried to fire the puck into the net but Littlefield deflect the shot wide where a skating Toto easily fired it into the empty net. Littlefield kept the game close by making two great saves against Teddy’s wrist shot and an unexpected attempt off a brillant backwards pass from Don Juan. Doc did continue his penalty-filled ways from last season by getting the only CGHA penalty of the game.
The third period continued with the fast pace seen in the previous period but both sides seems to be slowly down as the clock ran down. It would be during a lapse in concentration and a powerplay that would catch the Union off guard and lead to another goal. Baby was again fighting for the puck in the Union’s back right corner. With all eyes on him, Mixy snuck in behind the Union goalie. Baby was able to chip a bouncing puck across the slot where an awaiting Mixy easily shot it into the open net. The Union netminder never had a chance to stop it.
Against another tough team, the Red Liners ended up with a different outcome. They rotated their lines quicker, had better breakouts, and more sustained offensive pressure and shots on net than in the past. Blue line turnovers are still a problem but that is expected for many C3 level teams. With their newly minted confidence, they meed up with the FOP Stars in their third game in 11 days.