The past couple days have been eventful hockey wise. On Tuesday we got ready for our second tournament game against England. The second tournament game is always a tough one because you know that you could now possibly be out of the tournament and the nerves start to get to the kids, not to mention the coaching staff.
|Paul Strand |
The England team has a trio of kids up front that dominated their first game. Their No. 17, Bradshaw, is huge, can skate and was responsible for three goals in their first-round game. The coaches worked up a game plan, but hoped we could stick to the one we used for our first game. We felt England was strong, but we were still the team to beat. We did not want to take anything for granted.
For the second straight game we won the puck toss so we got the home bench and our Black Jerseys.
We started the game like we started our first game, with Stillman, Tanner Siemens and Jordan Cooper up front along with Mitch Glabicki and Sklyer Hendricks on the point. The scoring did not take long. After a whistle in the offensive zone, Stillman lined up for the face off and put the puck through the England forwards feet off the draw, took two steps and lifted the puck backhand shelf on the England goalies right side.
Next up, the puck got to the point and on the stick of Carter Long. Carter is from Hampton Roads and has been nothing short of steady and spectacular. Carter is a huge and quiet defenseman who plays almost perfect defensive hockey for the Jr. Canes. He has the wing span of an Albatross and is always in position. His hard slap shot from the point beat the English goalie to make it 2-0.
The second period brought more of the same from the Junior Canes. The Hurricanes dominated the England defensive zone and the chances were many. Nicholas Wildgoose had chance after chance and when the floodgates open he will pot some big goals for the Canes.
Wilmington forward John Moncovich has been a good offensive pick-up for the Jr. Canes and had goals in the previous two games, including one in the first game against team Northwest. Moncovich picked the puck up behind the net, dangled up tot the top of the circle and into the slot and fired a nice goal top shelf to the left of the goalie for his second of the tournament to make it 3-0.
As the period came to a close, the Jr Canes were still firing. Assistant Captain Bradley Ingersoll, one of the hardest-working players on the team, finally found the back of the net. Taking a nice pas up the left wing, Ingersoll fired a hard slapshot to the far right post and clanged it off the metal and into the back of the net for his first goal of the 2011 Tournament.
Going into the third period, the team started to get a little loose and began doing what a lot of pee-wee teams can do, namely lose focus. Sure enough, the tough England line-up took advantage and scored their first goal of the game off a defensive give away and rebound to make it 4-1.
After a couple more minutes of sloppy play, the coaching staff called a timeout to get the kids back on track. In this tournament ,another goal by England would have brought a lot of nerves to the young kids' stomachs and you could even feel the tension now.
After the timeout, the kids came back hard. The line of Pederson, Worrall and Hale are a steady bunch, and with their shift we got under control and the kids started playing better hockey again.
The final buzzer came and the Hurricanes advanced to the second round where they will face Moncton on Thursday night a le Colisee.
Vive Le Pee-wee Du Carnival!