Teal Makes White Mites Blue
By Arthur L. Zwolinski, jr.
White Mite Rangers lost to their Teal counterparts 12-3, but the game was very exciting and not the blowout that the final score indicated. Having narrowly lost against their previous opponent, it was evident early that this would be a much tougher game for the Rangers. It didn't help that only seven Rangers showed up for the game. This meant that the kids would have to skate a lot more than usual with fewer breaks between
shifts. Teal's coach made it a little easier by lending the Rangers two of
his own players and both of them, Chris Forman and Mike Brennan, played great for their "adopted" team.
Rangers started with Conor O'Grady, Brian King, and Jimmy
Kelly, who was the Ranger's only scorer (Jimmy's first) in their previous game against Broad Channel. Chris Forman and Mike Brennan helped on defense and first time goalie, Anthony Esposito (sans leg pads) manned the Ranger net. Teal was able to get one past the Ranger defense and took an early lead, which they never let up. Matt Flood, Kevin Zwolinski, and Tommy Ray made up
the White Mites second line backed on defense alternately by Brian King,
Conor O'Grady, Chris Forman, and Mike Brennan who all pulled double duty at some point during the game.
Rangers were able to get off some shots at Teal's goalie but to no avail. As the period progressed, Teal was able to score twice more before Ranger Brian King was finally able to net one to put the Rangers on board. The period ended with Teal ahead by the score 5-1 and the Rangers grateful for a little rest. The second period opened and Teal further extended their lead by scoring two more goals early despite some nice saves by Ranger goalie Anthony Esposito. Fatigue seemed to be the problem because the Rangers would be setting up deep in their opponent's zone and couldn't get back on defense when necessary. It was clear that the kids were tired! The Rangers were able to
score late in the period when Kevin Zwolinski finessed one past the Teal
goalie for his first goal of the season. The period ended with Teal ahead
8-2. The Rangers threatened throughout the last period but were only able to get one more goal from Brian King, his second and the Ranger's third and final goal of the game.
Although they lost, the Rangers played a lot better this time against an opponent who had shut them out in their first meeting.
Thanks to Chris Forman and Mike Brennan for showing good sportsmanship in helping out their rivals--both played great--and Congrats to Kevin Zwolinski on his first career goal and to Brian King, the Ranger's scoring machine.