Garcias vs. Pizza Man
In the second game of the AAA series two playoff action, Garcias put the broom to Pizza Man, skating off with a two-game sweep. It was an early first period scoring brawl with both sides trading goal for goal. At 16:15 into the matchup, Jake Thompson found the back of the net off an assist from Patrick Zmuda, putting Pizza Man up 1-0. Less than a minute later, Garcias gathered for a celly after Walter Eunice and Reid McDonald teamed up for a goal, leveling the game 1-1. Pizza Man pulled ahead 2-1 when Brandon Bartlett crashed the crease unassisted at 13:37. Later on in the first, Ryan Ghan scored off a Kevin Kean feeder, to tie it up for Garcias 2-2. The sticks would go silent until 9:56 in the third period when Garcias’ Chris Harrington made a diving score from the left of the crease. Bill McCormick had the assist on what would prove to be Harrington’s 3-2 game winner. With still plenty of time on the clock, the two middle seeds were grinding it out with benches on their feet. Pizza Man pulled their goalie Murphy Quinn in the final minutes, but Garcias (9-15-2) was able to hang on for the win and advance to the AAA finals where they will match up against the gang green- 1st seed Jalapenos. Pizza Man out-shot Garcias 18-11, while Joey Lindquist recorded 16 saves in the net for the underdogs.