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They're Back!!!! Pelham ties Garnets 3-3 at Playland - Game recap by fanotgame

Posted Friday, February 05, 2010 by fanotgame

Many people lately have been dismissing the high state ranking given the Pelham ice hockey team. Knowledgeable Rye fans know that Pelham is always a strong team and the Pelicans will always put a fight - and Pelicans have a nasty bite.

Here is the recap from our own fanotgame who was a guest-blogger for the Journal News this week:

Another classic between these two teams. Too bad they don’t allow more than a single OT in the regular season. Ties are like, you know, kissing…

The first shift for each of Rye’s three lines was hard and provided many scoring chances. Pelham seemed a bit wobbly (maybe from last night’s and last Friday’s matches with Mamaroneck and Suffern). Then out of nowhere, the Pelicans (the 8th grader #15, I think or maybe the 8th grader #13) collects the puck off a face off and beats Rix through a screen. The Pelicans build momentum off their goal and dominate the second half of the period, out-shooting the Garnets 14-8 and hold the 1-0 lead into the locker room after one.

Lots of fast, back-and-forth action early in the second before the Pelicans score again midway through the second on a funky shot from behind the net that must have caught Rix in the back. Rye storms back and seems to score, but it is waived off as the ref lost sight and blew the whistle before the goal crossed the line. The Garnets score the next shift on an odd man rush – Kasuta to Mundinger. Mundinger collects another from the point on the power play from Katsuta and the teams head to the locker room knotted at two. Pelham holds the 27-20 lead in shots.

Mundinger completes the natural hat trick, again from the point on the PP on a feed from Katsuta midway through the third period. With just over two minutes left in regulation, MacInnis beats Rix back door. Then regulation time expires. Pelham pushes it over the goal line midway through the OT, but it is waived off for a hand pass. Shortly thereafter Katsuta narrowly misses hitting an open Mundinger with a home run pass. It ends 3-3, just as Ned predicted. Maybe he should be the next guest blog host.

Fast, back-and-forth action, big hits, big saves, big goals. Shots end at 41-37. Each team has a goal waived off. The fans can’t wait for the next one. Maybe at West Point? Or maybe before.

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