The Greece Thunder Hockey team took a page out of the original Slapshot sound track and "got right back to where they started from" last year, notching four goals and allowing just one for Webster Shroeder, in their first scrimmage of the 2010-2011 season at Boulter Arena last nite. I found it a bit odd seeing Webster dressed in their road blues while Thunder came out of the tunnel wearing their road purples. Then two by two the Thundermen retreated to the room to change it up and by the end of the warm-up it was a sea of white. No comment on those fashionable yellow sleeve socks which look aight with the purple unis but were questionable with the whites. I mean maybe if they lowered the disco ball and turned on a few black lights it would have made for a cool effect but i digress.
Junior netminder Ian Cumming backstopped Thunder to a scoreless first half, which featured varsity debut appearances by sophomore forwards Michael Lucarelli (#2), Adam Lennox (#6); freshman forwards Codey "with an E" Mazeau (#8), Anthony Fedele (#21); and sophomore defenders Ian McClellan (#7), Eric Grills (#10), and Patrick Crowe (#23). While their parents likely had pits in their stomachs, these guys clearly demonstrated their competency jumping in with both skates and making some very nice plays. Without a doubt, Thunder has a bright future ahead by the looks of things.
Seemingly a foot taller this year, ASim took the baton from Cumming for the second half between the pipes as Thunder settled in and went to work. Webster actually drew first blood at the 27min mark when #7-Kevin Paterniti turned on the jets to put his team on the board with a heavy forecheck and a shorthanded finish. But it was all Thunder for the balance as they would go on to ring the bell 4 times unanswered. AC hit the twine with a commander backhander at the 25 min mark, after picking up a rebound from Simmy's wrister that hit the left post. eHots netted number two by digging in the paint and banging home the rebound from a bid by McNeil at the 22 min mark. Tyler Mattle got #3 and #4 at 18mins and 13mins respectively by being in position and ready to pull the trigger. One was a backdoor putaway on a feed across the crease by McSkillet as the PP expired and the other came off a textbook 2 on 1 with Hostetter. Not a bad start boys.
Play of the game goes to Eric Grills who requested a "fly-by" and despite hearing the pattern was full, he went ahead and buzzed the tower with a PK clear that sailed right by everyone's grill on the Thunder bench. Don't forget about today's 4:30pm tilt @ the Scot where Thunder will verse the Royal Comets of RH. Yeaaahhh Thun-Derrrrrr!