Winter Scrimmage 1
 

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January 3rd, 2018              

Winter Scrimmage #1

6:30pm
Arctic Coliseum - Chelsea 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Novi FireCats   1 0 0 1
Chelsea Chiefs 1 1   1 0 1 1 1 1 7

 

Drew and his Novi FireCats teammates travelled to Chelsea on a cold, snowy night to take on the Chelsea Chiefs in a scrimmage. Drew came straight from his school basketball tryouts, arriving just moments before the team left the locker room.

The game got off to a bit of a slow start for the FireCats, as they found themselves being outskated by the Chiefs at the start of the contest. It took a Chelsea goal before the Novi team finally started to settle in and find some success controlling the puck. Unfortunately a second Chelsea goal dug a deep hole for Novi to climb out of. For a while it looked like they might be able to, when they finally got on the scoreboard with a nifty backhanded shot that snuck past the Chiefs goalie, but that would be it in the period for the FireCats. Chelsea would tack on a third goal with just over a minute remaining in the period.

The two teams would play a very even middle period, as each team traded some quality scoring chances. Neither team was able to sneak one past the goalie, though, and they would end the second the way it started, with Chelsea up 3-1.

The final 15 minutes weren't kind to the FireCats. The Chelsea team found their touch, and they would go on to add four goals on to their total. Most of the goals were scored by the teams best player. If he wasn't in this game, the two teams would have been a much better match. As it stands, the scrimmage would end with the FireCats on the wrong side of a 7-1 score.

 

Novi FireCats Winter Scrimmage #1 - at Chelsea Chiefs

Drew and the rest of the Novi FireCats listening to their coaches before the opening faceoff.

Drew playing the puck along the near boards.

Drew moving towards the puck to keep it in the zone.

Drew skating towards the action after coming on to the ice following a line change.

Drew battling for the puck and knocking it away from a Chelsea player.

Drew stepping in front of an oncoming Chiefs skater...

...and challenging for the puck...

...and knocking it free.

Drew reaching out to corral a loose puck...

...and settling it down...

...and keeping it away from the opposing player.

Drew in the penalty box for a tripping penalty.

The final score of this scrimmage was an ugly 7-1 loss for the FireCats.

Drew and a teammate consoling their goalie.

Drew and the FireCats making their way through the postgame handshake line.


 

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