Playoff Game 3

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February 3rd, 2015              

    This looked to be the Storm's night as they were able to grab an early one goal lead, even though they had to settle for heading to the second period with the game tied at a goal apiece. Drew got the scoring started with a goal scored while he was on his but, as the scrum in front of the net resulted in several players going down to the ice. Drew kept poking at the puck, eventually knocking past the goalie and into the back of the net. He was pretty pumped to give his team the lead, and was all smiles for a long time after the goal. Drew struck for second goal in the second period, which gave his team another one goal lead at 2-1. Unfortunately there was a brief time in the second period where the defensive effort seemed to disappear from all five players on the ice for the Storm, as they allowed the Blizzard to go from trailing 2-1 to being ahead 5-2 heading in to the third period, in an onslaught of goals that seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. Just when it appeared that the Storm team was done, they found the energy deep inside themselves to battle back, chipping away at the Blizzard lead slowly but surely. First they knocked the lead down to 2 goals, then eventually 1 before pulling the goalie for the extra attacker. Despite some quality chances, the Storm players just weren't able to net the potential game tying goal, falling by a final score of 5-4 in a tough game in which the refereeing did no favors for anyone but the visiting team. I can't use that as an excuse, but it is tough to overcome calls that are nit-picky against one team and extremely loose for the other... One more game to go, and one more chance for the Storm to earn their long sought after goal of a victory!

'05 Storm Playoff Game 3 - vs. Bay County Blizzard

Drew and his Lapeer Storm teammates getting ready to head on to the ice for the opening faceoff.

Drew skating towards his zone while trying to avoid going offside's.

Drew slid down to the ice while battling for the puck in front of the net...

...but managed to get his stick on the puck...

...and knock into the net for the first goal of the game!

Drew getting congratulated on his way back to the bench after scoring a goal.

Drew on the ice for a faceoff.

Drew going after the puck along the boards behind the goal.

Drew battling for the puck at center ice.

Drew getting ready for another faceoff.

Drew playing the puck along the boards.

Drew racing down the ice with the puck.

Drew did take a checking penalty today, despite the fact that worse hits weren't called the other way during the course of the game. That kind of refereeing makes it tough for the kids to figure out what they can and can't do.

Drew looking for the puck while trying to stay onsides.

Drew moving towards the puck after a faceoff.

Drew going after the puck along with another teammate.

Drew heading to the net...

...where the pass just skipped over his stick and he just missed getting his first career hat trick.

The final score of today's game was a tough 5-4 loss for the Storm team.


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