The UAA Seawolves were magnanimous tonight. In the spirit of an early Xmas they gifted a hockey game to their opponent. The SantaWolves out-shot, out-hit, out-chanced, out-worked, out-skated and just plain out-played the Pioneers for 59:50 seconds. The other 10 seconds the Seawolves out-gave their opponent.
Two brutal giveaways were the difference in the game. They weren't the only two giveaways but the Pioneers weren't able to convert on several other opportunities that were given to them. 36-16 were the shot totals. 36-16. More than double. It wasn't as if the stingy grumpy Grinch was in net for DU. Mannino served up juicy rebound after juicy rebound all night long. As often as not the WhoWolves were there for second chances but either fired it wide or just couldn't quite connect.
I'll mention Peter Cartwright's name here (who is likely to have some Tim Burton-style nightmares tonight), who late in the third period found himself with the puck on his stick between his feet facing an glaringly open net and couldn't quite get the trigger pulled. But that was just the most obvious example. Perhaps on another night the score might have been 7-2 for the Seawolves. But that just didn't seem to be in the books for UAA tonight. Sigh ...
I'm out. I just can't think of anything else to say. The Pios did cash in on the few chances they were granted. The Seawolves didn't cash in enough of the numerous chances they had. End of story.