The first twenty minutes was typical of a Blues – Jets game, fast and furious. Tyler Parks was stellar in goal during the first period stopping several point blank onslaught attacks by the Jets. Stew Bell and Pius Rulivicious dropped the gloves two seconds into the game and both sat out penalized five minutes for fighting. It was one of Bell’s best fights of his Junior Hockey career, but his record is still perfect…no wins. Mike Williams, with assists from Cody Dixon and Kevin Walters, scored the only goal of the first with a stinging wrister from the left side to make it 1 – 0 Good Guys. The Jets were 0 – 2 and the Blues 1 – 2 on Power Play opportunities. Six penalties were called for a total of eighteen minutes during the first period.
The second period ramped up the hostilities as the frustration began to show on the Jets players. The sweetest move of the stanza was a pass by Kevin Walters on the point to Josef Pontasch on the left side of the net who drew the Jets Goalie toward him. Pontasch redirected the puck to the right side to Chris Sitler who slammed it into the net for a 2 – 0 lead. Tyler Parks made several more outstanding saves to keep the Jets out of the net. The Blues a few puck handling mistakes over the course of the period, but it didn’t cost them during the second twenty minutes.
The third period was more racehorse up and down the ice. The Jets won the majority of the faceoffs throughout the game, but were unable to generate any offense as a result. The Blues on the other hand were able to take advantage of every break. Radim Matus scored an unassisted goal and Josef Pontasch ended the scoring with the fourth goal in the third period. All in all the weekend was a sweet sweep for the Blues as they go to 29 – 25 – 2 for the year and continue their march toward the playoffs.
Next week it’s two games against the resurgent St. Louis Bandits at the Nelson Center. Game time is 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday. If you can’t be at the game, tune in to FASTHockey.com with yours truly for all the action.