In a 40 second span, the Outlaws had one of their best shifts all game. Both Sean Insor and Anthony Tomao scored goals to give the Outlaws a 4-2 lead after two periods of play.
Just 30 seconds into the period, Colin Casey scored his second goal of the game to make it a 4-3 game. The rest of the third period proved to be a battle. Both teams defenses stepped up, and the goalies both made big saves to keep it a one-goal game for most of the third period.
Looking to tie the game with just over a minute to go in the game, Margaritaville pulled their goalie. Well, the move worked because with just 1:11 remaining Travis Hamilton scored a goal to send the game into overtime.
Neither team was able to score in overtime, so this game was decided by a shootout. Per MAHL rules, each team sends out three shooters, but then if needed each team will go one by one until the next team scores to win the game.
The Outlaws ultimately won 5-4 in a shootout.
Margaritaville opened up the third period with a 43-second power play, however, they were unable to score with the man advantage. Matt Piccirillo scored at the 10:00 mark to give the Outlaws a two-goal lead.
Jack Rogers gave his team hope at the 7:30 mark with a snipe past the Outlaws goalie to pull within one.
The Outlaws committed two penalties with under four minutes to go in regulation giving Margaritaville a golden opportunity to tie the game. They threw multiple shots on net during their 5-3 power play and even pulled their goalie with under one minute left in the game, but were unable to score a goal.
In a losing effort, Margaritaville’s goaltender, Vincent Lee played well given the number of shots he faced. He stopped 29 out of 36 shots but it wasn’t enough.
These two teams will face off again tonight for the right to be crowned as champions.
The score remained tied at three after three periods.
Overtime proved to be a battle. Top Shelf had a golden opportunity late in overtime when Jordan McCatherin (5) was sent to the penalty box for a hook. Mad Yaks defense stepped up, and their goalie made big saves to keep the game tied.
Brett Szalapski would prove to be the hero tonight. He was the first Mad Yaks shooter and the only player during the shootout that was able to score.
In a losing effort, Top Shelf’s goaltender, Jake Wint played well. He stopped 20 out of 22 shots but it wasn’t enough.
The Mad Yaks will play the Saints next Tuesday night.
The rest of the second period belonged to the Grizzlies. Down 3-1 halfway through the second period, Adam Cywar rejuvenated his team when he scored a goal at the 10:00 mark. Just three minutes later, The Grizzlies scored on the power play making it a 3-3 game. Jonathan Hines had a chance to give his team the lead with a nice breakaway shot on net, but he was stoned by Puck Heads goalie, Charles Genaro.
The score remained tied at three after two periods.
The third period proved to be a battle. Both teams defenses stepped up, and the goalies both made big saves to keep the game tied for most of the third period.
Dan Walsh would prove to be the hero tonight. Walsh only had one goal on the season heading into this game, but he his second goal of the season was the game-winning goal with just 2:35 remaining in the game.
In a losing effort, Grizzlies goaltender, Dave Carpenter played well. He stopped 18 out of 22 shots but fell to 0-4 on the season.
With this win, Genaro improved to 5-0 on the season. He also made 18 saves, but that once extra save proved to be the difference.
Cambridge– Josh McCarthy made 26 saves, and the Soldiers remained undefeated with a 6-0 win against the Intrepid Pursuits at Simoni Rink on Sunday.
Bryan Briggs (4) got the scoring started early in the first period when he took a pass from Mark Goodman (77) and sniped a shot into the back of the net. Just thirty seconds later Briggs scored again to make it 2-0 just two minutes into the game.
Evan Yanovitch (26) scored a goal with just 2:15 left in the period to make it 3-0.
More of the same throughout the rest of the game. The Soldiers put up three more goals to continue the route.
For the Intrepid Pursuits, given the fact goalie Kurt Grusmark gave up six goals, he really didn’t play badly. He stopped 25 out of 31 shots and other than giving up two quick first period goals, the goalie settled down nicely. He played much better in the third period, but his team could not manufacture any offense.
Intrepid Pursuits did have a solid chance in the final seconds, with a breakaway opportunity in the final ten seconds, but McCarthy denied them to keep the shutout alive.
With the loss, Intrepid Pursuits fell to 2-4 on the season. These two teams will meet again, later on, this month on March 26th.