Black Mite Bruins Defeat Rangers
By Arthur L. Zwolinski, jr.
Last Sunday the White Mite Rangers met the Black Mite Bruins and
the game turned out to be another close battle. The Rangers started with first line members John Evans, Conor O'Grady, and Ariel Feldman (who scored six goals in their first encounter). Along with the solid support from defensemen Matt Horgan and Steve Ellis, the Rangers were able to apply pressure early by keeping the puck deep in the Bruin's zone. This helped the Ranger's newest addition, Pete Sacca, who was elected by his teammates to play goalie. This was Pete's first time in goal and he met the challenge well. The shift ended scoreless.
Ranger's second line kept up the pressure. Kevin Zwolinski, Brian King, and Jimmy Kelly were able to get off four to five shots against the Bruin goalie and it appeared that the White Mite Rangers would score early. They didn't and the Black Mites settled down and scored two quick goals despite some nice saves from goalie Pete Sacca. The Bruins led 2-0 until late into the first period when they extended their lead on a beautiful backhand shot that caught Pete and the Ranger defense off-guard. White's persistence paid off in the last shift when Brian King
netted the Ranger's first goal. Again, tough defense and aggressive play by
teammates Tommy Ray, Terrance Munns, Matt Flood, and Anthony Esposito helped close Black's lead.
The Rangers capitalized early the next period when Brian King
scored again cutting the Bruin's lead to one. The score was 3-2 and the
Rangers seemed to be gaining momentum but it didn't last. Despite some good saves from Pete, the Black Mites regrouped and scored the next five goals bringing the game halfway into the third and final period.
To their credit, the Rangers did not give up. Tommy Ray, Brian King, and Jimmy Kelly along with Terrance Munns and Matt Flood again stormed into Bruin territory and the
strategy paid off when Tommy Ray punched one past the Bruin goalie. After the ensuing face-off, the Rangers again applied pressure and were rewarded when Brian King notched his third goal (hats please) reducing Black's lead to 7-4. The action continued into the final two shifts with each team scoring another goal with Ranger Brian King scoring number four and the game ended with the Bruins victorious by the score 8-5.
Despite the loss, the Rangers all played hard and did not give up.
They are beginning to play as a team and one can see the improvement from game to game. Their next opponent is the Red Mites, this Sunday, November 21, scheduled for 9 a.m.