|Tonight was LCAHL playoff game number two for Drew and his Novi
FireCats teammates, as they travelled to Canton to take on the
Victory Honda team. The game got off to a slow start for the Novi
players, as they found themselves down early after giving up a
rebound goal less than five minutes in. Thankfully the boys settled
down a bit after that, and began to generate some scoring chances of
their own after allowing the Victory Honda team to dominate play
early. Novi wasn't able to capitalize on any of the looks,
though, and with only 12.5 seconds on the clock Victory Honda banged
in a shot off the post to grab a two goal lead that they would
easily hold until the period came to an end.
Down 2-0, the Novi
boys had some work to do to dig out of the hole that they dug for
themselves. Thankfully they started digging early, scoring off a
wrist shot after a faceoff win less than three minutes in. They took
advantage of a power play to tie the game at 2-2 with just under six
minutes to go. They appeared to score the go-ahead goal in the
period as well, but the ref waived it off, saying it hit the post. I
thought it may have gone in (I didn't hear the usual 'ping' off the
post), but I thought the call could have gone either way, and
unfortunately it went against the FireCats. Although they weren't in
the lead, at least they fought back to tie things up at two goals
apiece heading into the final intermission.
Novi carried their momentum into the final fifteen minutes of
action, and officially grabbed the lead with a beautiful wrap-around
goal at the ten minute mark. Novi expanded their lead later with a
second power play goal, on another play that was a near wrap-around
(the scorer was behind the net, put on a fake as he skated out, and
then shot the puck in for the goal). Less than a minute later Novi
widened their lead to three goals with their third power play goal
of the game, this time on a breakaway. As time began to slip away,
the Victory Honda team pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.
Even though the FireCats were able to hold them off for a while,
they eventually surrendered a goal with the extra man on the ice.
Victory Honda had narrowed the gap to 5-3, but the Novi boys would
stand up on defense from that point on. Following a late game
faceoff, a count of the players on the ice for Victory Honda stood
at 7, one above what should have been allowed. Thankfully no harm
was done, and the FireCats skated off with the victory. Go FireCats!