Monday, December 20, 2010

JV Thunder Saves the Day

After witnessing the varsity Thunder drop their first matinee of the season on 4-Dec to Churchville with only one second remaining in OT, we packed up the vyver-van and headed south to MCC to watch Snake's brother Worm drop a snowman (8-0) on the Bud Bakewell Bruins. This of course restored a little hope that all was well in our hockey world, but somehow that Thunder loss was still sitting squarely in our craw. And so, we took our chances venturing back down to the shore later that evening to catch our first glimpse of the JV Thunder squad in action, as they faced off against Webster for a 7pm tilt.

Webster drew first blood tallying at the 11 min mark and again at the seven min mark for an early 2-0 lead. As time was ticking down in opening frame, I found myself scratching my head thinking, wait a minute, this does not look like the JV Thunder team that Wader told me had steamrolled their first two opponents coming into tonites game. Enter Codey Mazeau with a brilliant setup for Brandon Hutchison on the backdoor who would finish upstairs to instantly cut his team's deficit in half with just 8 seconds to go in the period.

Webster pushed ahead with another marker late in the second, but it was all Thunder in the third as Guyett found himself on the doorstep five minutes into the final frame and would simply not take no for an answer. He kept pounding away and managed to jam it home to help Thunder draw near at 3-2. Fast forward to the final minute of play and I was most defintely rewarded for making the pilgrimage back to the shore as I witnessed a hail mary photo finish as some unsung Thunder hero bumped the puck out to Hutchison who would lug the mail into webster territory and dish it to wingman Mazeau for the textbook 2 on 1 conversion and GTG with get this... 8 seconds to go in the contest. I usually consider a tie to be like kissing your sister, but an exciting eleventh hour tie like that feels like a win any day in the Thunder dressing room and most likey stung like a loss for Webster.

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