Game 5

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November 9th, 2013              

    Today's game started out about as well as could be for the Lapeer Storm. They were able to hang tough with the Port Huron Flags team in the first period, which ended in a 0-0 tie. The second period was close, but the Flags managed to slip two shots past our backup goaltender to secure a 2-0 lead, despite some good looks for the Storm team. By the time the third period rolled around, the players for the Storm were getting visibly tired, as they were severely shorthanded today. They wound up giving up 6 goals on the day while scoring none themselves, but there was certainly no reason for the kids to be down about the way that they played today.

    Drew may have played his best game yet today... I don't recall him skating this hard in any of the prior games that I have attended this season. Not only did he hustle up and down the ice (with and without the puck in his possession), but he also used his size to his advantage today - so much so that a grandparent from the other team kept yelling "watch number 29!" from the stands. I found this to be quite amusing, because nothing that Drew was doing was illegal in any way. He was just finally using his size to get and keep position on the ice from smaller kids. Instead of trying to skate around kids, he was using his size to move them aside. The only downfall to the game was when he collided with an opposing player while chasing after the puck, leading to an awkward fall that resulted in him hitting his head on the ice. As expected in this litigious day and age, the hit to the head meant an end to his day. Fortunately for Drew, there was only slightly more than 2 minutes remaining when he was injured, so he didn't miss much ice time because of his fall. We know that nothing severe happened to him because there was no complaint of a headache or other side effects of a concussion (Update: He got the doctor's clearance to return to the ice on Monday, meaning he is good to go for practice).

Game 5 - vs. Port Huron Flags

Drew standing in front of the net on offense looking to tip in a shot.

Drew skating towards the blue line while keeping an eye on the puck.

Drew staying onsides as his teammate skates into the offensive zone (just off camera).

Drew chasing after the puck while heading towards the net.

Drew lined up for a faceoff.

Drew getting position in front of the net.

Drew bumping an opposing player out of the way.

Drew and his teammates listening to their coaches during an intermission between periods.

Drew skating after the puck along the boards.

Drew lining up a shot towards the goal while two opposing players are down on the ice.

Drew circling around the ice during the action.

Drew lined up for another faceoff.

Drew trying to knock the puck away from an opposing player.

Drew chasing the puck into his offensive zone.

Drew clearing the puck out of his defensive zone.

Drew down on the ice after colliding with an opposing player while chasing the after the puck. He had to come out for the remainder of the game (thankfully there was only a couple minutes left) after bumping his head on the ice.

The final score was a 6-0 defeat in a well played game by both teams.

Drew and his teammates going through the handshake line.


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