The first period went by in a hurry, and both teams were up and down the ice in a hurry. The K-Wings scored on a Power Play at the 9:38 mark on a goal by Hervey, assisted by Beauvais. The Jr. Blues had some great chances, but they were shut out by Kenneth MacLean, the Kalamazoo Goalie. There was more pushing and shoving around the net after the whistle blew to stop the action. No gloves came off during the first stanza, but I couldn’t guarantee it won’t happen before this game is completed.
I didn’t think the speed of the play could get ramped up any more than what it was during the first period, but if anything, it was much quicker. The Blues came out and scored at 48 seconds of the period on Tyler Rehm’s goal. He was assisted on the goal by Brent Skibba and Stew Bell. Just three and one half minutes later the Blue and Gold scored their second goal to take the lead 2 – 1. Mitch Rogge scored his first official Jr. Blues Goal since coming to the Blues from Amarillo. Guan Wang and Cody Dixon assisted with that first Rogge goal. The pace remained quick for the entire goal, although no more scoring took place. Gabe Antoni did a great job in goal as he stopped some shots I just don’t know how he could get to.
The third period came and went quickly. The K-Wings scored to tie the game with just 10 seconds left in regulation. Just like last night, the overtime period was scoreless and we went to a shootout. Tonight it was all Wings in the shootout as the first three put the puck past Antoni. The only score by the Blues was on Mike Williams wrister. Final score was 3 – 2 Kalamazoo. Congratulations to both teams for a hard fought, entertaining hockey game.
Next week it’s Chesterfield, Missouri on Friday night against the St. Louis Bandits, and back to the Nellie against the Bandits on Saturday night.