Shines vs. OMR
On Tuesday night, 3-27-18, ERHL AA division playoff action featured 1st seed Shines shutting out 4th seed OMR 3-0 in their first meeting of the round-robin style tournament. Shines’ Nicholas Bennett broke his leash and ran wild on the town, recording a hat trick with all three goals unassisted. It was a scoreless first period of play which featured 17 OMR salvos, resulting in all duds once they reached Shine’s stopper Neff Anastasio. It was quality over quantity for Shines, as they were out-shot by OMR 38-21. At 11:06 in the second period, Bennett wheeled it from left to right across the crease with the 1-0 toe drag score. Five minutes later in the second, Bennett scored again, capitalizing off a deflection behind the net and hooking the puck inside the right post, putting Shines up 2-0. Midway into the final period, Bennett was freewheel-burning to a third goal, going high right on the junction for the 3-0 show-stopper. Anastasio’s 38 saves improved Shines record to 16-8-1. Jon Maroney had 18 saves for OMR (11-10-4). Both Shine’s and OMR are back on the ice Thursday 3-29 with Shines facing 5th seed PIAS (7-16-2) and OMR taking on 3rd seed Cubs (12-7-5).