Black Mite Bruins Top Rangers
By Arthur L. Zwolinski, jr.
Last Sunday, the White Mite Rangers played the Black Mite Bruins for their first game of 2000. Thankfully, it was a beautiful day and there weren't any Y2K problems with the new schedule. The kids were coming off a two-week break (winter
recess) and looked like they missed playing hockey, which resulted in a close, well-played game by both teams.
The Rangers started their top scorer, Brian King, in goal and it
paid off when Brian made a few nice saves right away in his first start as
goalie. The Rangers were able to take an early lead when Tommy Ray, bolstered by linemates Conor O'Grady and Jimmy Kelly, knocked one home past the Bruin's goalie. Ariel Feldman and Steve Ellis provided the defensive support for the Rangers first line and the score didn't change until the end of the first period when the Bruins were able to tie the score.
Anthony Esposito took over as Ranger goalie in the second period
and after letting the Bruins slip one past him, he totally shut them down
making numerous saves throughout the rest of the period. Meanwhile, his
teammates were not having much luck scoring against their opponent either.
Both Ranger lines were busy, getting off many shots, but were not able to score. The second period ended with the score 2-1. The Rangers again changed goalies for the final period with Tommy Ray pulling down net duty and again the Bruins took advantage by scoring early extending their lead to 3-1. The next shift saw the Rangers respond when Conor O'Grady got the puck to Ariel Feldman who blasted one home
narrowing Black's lead. The Bruins then came right back scoring two more goals to make it 5-2. Once again, the Rangers regrouped and the second line consisting of Terence Munns, Kevin Zwolinski, and Matt Flood,along with Steve Ellis and Anthony Esposito, came out aggressively attacking the puck deep in Black's zone. The strategy paid off when Kevin Zwolinski was able to poke one past the Bruin goalie. After the ensuing face-off, the Rangers kept up the attack with shots from Terence, Matt, and Anthony. The Rangers scored again when Kevin found Steve Ellis waiting in front of the Bruin net and Steve laid
it in making it a close 5-4 game.
Although their intensity was not
diminished, this was the last Ranger score and the Bruins won the game by the final score 7-4. Great job by both teams!