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4/23 2001 Game Result
Great save Phil !
Nice job "D"-fence posts (NOT)
Result: Tie Game 3-3
It all smelled a little too much like the Red Wings : Up 3-0 and ended up in a 3-3 tie with the Predators The first half of the first period was a test for our new goalie Phil Ruff and he proved up to the task both Ruff and TUFF! Phil shut out the Predators despite a string of shots and breakaways. (and maintained that shutout thru the first period and most of the way thru the second!)
Once the Kngihts got warmed up, Benninger took us up 1-0 with a little bit of hustle half way thru the first period inspired by Line 1, the Production line got fired up Mike Macaskill shoveled one in from Kinlin less than a minute after Benningers score to put the Knights up 2-0.
The game stayed at 2-0 thru the rest of the first period and almost all the way thru the 2nd period until Mike Macaskill finally followed thru with his second goal with assists from McDonald and Meyers. The Predators finally got on the scoreboard with a few minutes left to go in the second period and it stayed 3-1 for almost the rest of the game.
Then with about 4 minutes left Scotty Bowman was all alone on a breakaway but got caught from behind (surprise!) and DECKED! The Player/Coachs worries about how he was going to finesse the penalty shot he was about to be awarded soon gave way to amazement as he was called with a penalty for checking !
So instead of a power-play for 2 minutes, the Knights had to settle for a 5-on-5 off-setting penalties situation and from that point on it was the Predators game. They used the momentum to get one on the board with 3:31 left and then another to tie it up 26 seconds later. The rest of the game was Phil Ruff keeping us in the game under heavy pressure. The game ended in a well-played, but still somewhat disappointing, 3-3 tie.
Phil Ruff got a great Welcome Workout in his first game as a Knight to earn 1st Star Honors (WELCOME PHIL!); the first period was all his and he bore down at all the key moments to keep us in the game. The 2nd Star of course goes to Mike Macaskill who stayed completely out of the penalty box for his 3rd straight game (WAY TO GO MIKIE!) and put in two very important goals and did a bunch of heavy fore-checking.
Bottom line it may not have felt good, but looking back on Game 3, its becoming evident that the Knights are definitely back and in the running! Theres still some rust in the stick-handling, a lot of slop in the shift changes, and there were a lot of passes to nowhere but some of the basic hockey that brought us the Troy C Championship is starting to shine thru the cob-webs! Its obvious that the level of play in this league has moved up a notch so in order to repeat in 2001, the Friday Knights are going to have move our game up a notch. Looks like were on our way