It’s WEEK SIX of the Eagle River Hockey League, and this is the AAA recap.
Jalapenos vs. Pizza Man
Jalapenos (5-1-0) who was undefeated took on second place Pizza Man (4-1-1).
Watching the game from the stands was Jalapenos starting goaltender, Seth Kollman who was out with a tweaked shoulder. His backup, Buck Wicks, was in the net. Jalapenos forward, Robert Monfore, quipped to teammates prior to the game, “It’s gonna be a one long boys, we have a short bench.”
Jalapenos started with two lines of forwards and two lines of defense. The situation got worse as the game went on. Pizza Man wasted no time getting on the board, scoring two minutes into the game with a nifty unassisted goal from Patrick Zmuda. With about a minute to play in the first, following an icing call, Jalapenos backup netminder, Wicks, had to leave the game with what was reported as a pulled groin muscle.
During the intermission, it was decided the game would go on with six skaters and no goalie for Jalapenos. A determined Jalapenos facing what looked like a horrible situation got a quick goal right after the start of the second at 15:32 with an unassisted goal from Jason Elledge.
With their net empty the tempo of the game jumped up a notch.
Pizza Man had chances early to score but Jalapenos defense kept up the pressure forcing the puck wide. To add to the already strained situation, Jalapenos Carl Hanson left the game with what he also thought was a pulled groin. Jalapenos played on – with only ten skaters and no goaltender for approximately eight minutes. Adam Vogel, a goaltender for the Homesteaders, entered the game for Jalapenos. He had been getting ready for the next game and was requested to help. Surprisingly, the second period ended 1-1.
This game was full of surprises. Just when things started looking bad for Jalapenos, the Horseman himself, Bobby Hill, fired up the teams and delighted the fans with his ride up and down the stands as the William Tell Overture blared in the arena. Players tapped their sticks on the glass and the fans cheered for him.
The Pizza Man players turned up the heat on Jalapenos who were definitely sweating by the third period. A minute after the drop of the puck, Max Daughtery netted an unassisted goal. That was followed by two more from Pizza Man. One by Brandon Bartlett and a second by Daughtery. Jalapenos had a little gas left in the tank and scored one more with six minutes remaining with a goal from Billy Bagron. The game ended with Jalapenos losing their first game of the season, Jalapeno’s 2 – Pizza Man 4.
Garcia’s vs. Homesteaders
Garcia’s started off the scoring about midway through the first period with an unassisted goal from Mike Viens. That would be all from Garcia’s as Homesteaders got two in the first. At 6:03 Brice Parks got a goal with help from Sam Cehula. With a minute left, Homesteader’s Shane Westcott netted a power play goal with help from Powell Gallagher. The lone goal scored in the second period was at 2:10 from Homestead’s Adam Powell with the assist going to Mike Farmer and Gallagher. The final goal of the game for Homesteaders was netted at 6:51 by Jake Wilkins and the helper going to Cehula. Homestead 4 – Garcia’s 1 Final. With six games played the Homesteaders are 1-3-2 and Garcia’s is 0-5-1.
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