Tonight was interesting. I thought it might be. How about that first period? I spoke with few people who were not similarly astounded with that whole period tonight. It was a head shaker and it's ultimate result was a W for Lake State. Sure, our guys showed some grit and character by coming back to tie the game and force overtime. I doubt that fact buoyed the player's clear devastation on the bench at the end of the game. This one probably leaves a bit of a bad taste in their mouths. And maybe that's a good thing in the long run.
After winning the opening draw a Lake State player whiffed on a soft pass giving UAA an amazing early chance which surprised them enough to squander it. State broke in immediately after the squander and promptly scored. Classic hockey; don't convert on a clear chance and the opposition breaks the other way and scores.
Next ten minutes was again almost all Lakers as they continued to put the same pressure on in the Seawolves end as in the third las night. The Seawolves were only occasionally able to mount something in the LSSU end and that was with the help of a power play. Credit to the Lakers for doing everything mostly right in their own zone to control and clear the puck.
Seawolves were just simply unable to do anything positive with the puck. If the puck bounced it bounced to a Lake State player. 2-0 following a series of missed pucks, bad clearances, bouncing pucks etc …
Nothing went right ...great example: with around 215 to go Chase Van Allen does a sweet job humping the puck into the zone and deftly avoids a sliding check to take the puck in the corner … two forwards breaking through the slot are seen by Van Allen and he delivers a pass … unfortunately the puck is 2 inches behind the breaking forwards … LSSU is able to clear easily. That's a capsule for the whole period.
Nice goal to try to get something started by Tanner Johnson as he buries a nice pass while trailing a 3 on 2 into LSSU's zone … The pass from Van Allen was extremely smart as he recognized he had a trailer coming and laid it on perfectly.
Seawolves picked it up immediately following the first goal and over the next 10 minutes or so they settled into the game i.e… not running around chasing the game so much anymore.
Coldwell with a great shot tied the game … he saw the top left corner and whipped a sweet wrister exactly there. It wasn't the result of any great series of passes or plays but instead just a well placed shot at the right time.
Is it wrong if I don't say Lake State deserved the win? They certainly didn't deserve to lose. And my intent isn't to be ingracious in any way. I thought the Lakers played well. They played like a team and finally got rewarded, because from their past results I'm sure that they didn't deserve to be 0-9 coming into tonight. Good luck to them the rest of the way. Damon Whitten is a nice kid.