Slap Shot Classic - Day One Review
Written by: David Nicoletti
Friday afternoon at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA would see day one of the Slap Shot Classic. For this first day, we would see four games on the schedule to kick things off.
First, we would see a 12:30 p.m. match-up between the Warriors and Ice Cats.
An empty score sheet would be the scene of the first 15 minutes of the game. Johnstown would then go into the second frame to score two unanswered goals. Dolgas and McKelvey would record the goals for the Warriors. It would be a 2-0 lead for Johnstown as we were heading into the final period of play.
The Ice Cats would respond with two goals of their own during the main parts of the third period to tie the game up. Fleming and Gibbon would record the goals. But it wouldn’t stop the Warriors from scoring a goal late in the game to take the game over the Ice Cats at a final score of 3-2. McKelvey would score his second of the night, as final shots on goal would be 28-20 for the Ice Cats.
Up next on the schedule would be a 2 p.m. contest between the Icers and Reider.
Both teams would end the first period with a goal on their side. They would then add two more goals each to make it a 3-3 game going into the third. The score would remain the same after three periods, this would end the game as final shots on goal would be 16-15 for Reider following the tie.
Up next for game number three, we would have a 3:15 p.m. contest between the Thunder and Crabs.
The Crabs would kick the game off by scoring three unanswered goals after 13 minutes of play. The Thunder would add their first two early in the second. The Crabs would then respond with two goals of their own. Ending the second set of 13 with the Thunder cutting the lead 5-3 after two.
The Crabs would add another early in the third to extend their lead to 6-3. The Thunder would try to spark a comeback late in the game by adding a goal to make it 6-4 with over a minute and a half left. But it wouldn’t be enough as the Crabs would score the empty net goal and take the game over the Thunder 7-4. Finals shots on goal would be 37-23 for the Thunder.
Finally, to wrap up day one of this tournament, we would have a 4:30 p.m. contest between the Stars and Warriors.
The Warriors would kick off the first period by scoring an outstanding seven goals against the Stars, making it 7-0 after one. Goals would come from Plowman (3), James, Love, and DeMarchi (2). The Warriors would outshoot the Stars in the first 24-1.
The second period would see a scoreless scoresheet for both sides. Shots on goal would be 33-9 for the Warriors heading into the third period. DeMarchi would complete his hat-trick for the Warriors midway through the third to extend their lead to 8-0. Their lead would soon extend minutes to 10-0 off of the sticks of Rice and James. Final shots on goal would be 46-13 for the Warriors, as the game would come to a close.
That concludes day one of this four-game Slap Shot Classic action. We’ll be back here tomorrow for day two of the tournament as we’ll have a full agenda of eight games on the list at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. So stay tuned everyone!