Sunday, October 18, 2009

Shoot out: Alaska Nanooks 1, Engineers 1

Well, I'm going to be extremely honest, the Nanooks didn't come to play until the 3rd period. I thought for the first two periods that we didn't attack the puck as well as we did in our previous games. Our defense played very well but our offense wasn't able to get it past RPI, who decided to stuff every player in front of their goalie,  making virtually every shot irrelevant.

In the first period, shots were basically even. RPI made a total 17 shots, with 4 blocked by the defense, 4 off target, with 9 shots on goal. UA made 16 shots but had 7 shots blocked by the defense, 2 wide, and 7 on goal. No goals were scored by either team in the first, as UA's defense played very well, and RPI's defense sheepishly continued to cram everyone in front of the goal...

The second period started off okay, the UA offense still couldn't get anything going their way, but had a real close call off of a rebound. Freshman Andy Taranto had a decent chance just to the left of RPI goalie Allen York that gets deflected out to just out side of the right face off circle that Joe Sova blasted and hit the post. That's pretty much the story of the 2nd period, missed opportunities. Andy Taranto had a wide open net to shoot at that gets deflected just wide, Dion Knelsen had a shot at the rebound that also came up short. The Nanooks attempted 18 shots in the 2nd, with 8 blocked by the defense, 3 off target, and Sova's shot pinged off the post. Compared to RPI's 15 attempted shots, with 5 blocked by the Nanook defense, 2 off the mark, and 8 on goal, with Greenham making 7 of the saves as #16 Brandon Pirri for RPI comes up with RPI's only goal of the evening. But the tale of the tape shines for Alaska, as they held RPI to just three shots in the last 8 minutes, foreshadowing their 3rd period performance.

As the 3rd period started, The Nanooks came on with the fire on, outshooting RPI 18-2 in the period. But it wasn't until the 18:24 mark that Joe Sova blasted one from the right point that the Nanooks were able to tie it up with a man advantage.

OT went much of the same. RPI got 5 shots on goal compared to UA's 3, needless to say, none of them found twine, and much to the crowds pleasure, it goes to a shoot out. How did the shoot out go? See for yourself...

1 comment:

Donald Dunlop said...

"Sheepishly" ... nice. I approve.