Bedford— For the majority of the first period, the Goats didn’t look engaged. Slow, lazy, listless…pick a bad adjective and it probably applied to the Goats’ play for most of the first period.
However, the Goat’s were able to battle back thanks to big efforts by two of their big guns: Rob Klein and Colin Casey.
Unlike last Wednesday night, the Goat’s offense came to life, exploding for 12 goals, including 5 goals in the third period to earn a 12-5 win.
Some quick thoughts from tonight’s game:
(1.) Even though the Saints took the early first period 1-0 lead, the Goats immediately tied the game on the ensuing faceoff with a goal by Drew Foster.
(2.) Part of the Saints great first period was due to Sam Holl. He capped off the period with a play that excited his teammates: Holl picked off a Goat’s pass in the neutral zone with great stick positioning, and flew down the ice for a breakaway goal. It was an impressive goal, but something tells me his teammates on the bench were more fired up over the steal.
(3.) Goat’s defenseman Rob Klein was a force. His highlight-reel power play goal to close out the first period gave his team momentum entering the second period. Klein finished the game with 3 goals and an assist.
(4.) The Goat’s were without their starting goaltender, Vincent Lee tonight. Luckily, their backup goalie played well even after he had some early jitters. After being down 3-2 after one period of play, the Goat’s goalie settled down nicely, only giving up two more goals the rest of the game.
(5.) Colin Casey basically owned the third period. With just six minutes remaining in the game, he had a speeding breakaway goal to put the Goats up 9-4. Casey finished the game with 3 goals and 2 assists.
(6.) It should also be noted that the Goat’s captain, Jack Rogers, didn’t play tonight because he had to choose between playing for his lacrosse team, or hockey team. As you can see, he chose lacrosse.
(7.) Don’t be surprised if these two teams meet again in the playoffs. The Goats are currently ahead of the Saints in the standings, but not by much. The Goats are 5-3, and the Saints are 4-4.