Saturday, January 29, 2011

Nanooks Win Defensive Battle 1-0 in OT

A hard fought game for the Nanooks tonight. Not a lot of rhythm going either way, but credit the defenses since neither side allowed each other to really set up and get things going. Each team had their chances, but definitely a goaltending battle, and only one emerged with the goose egg intact.

Tonight was Scottie's 8th shutout in a Nanooks jersey, a record among all ghosts of Nanook netminders past. And he was sharp through all 60 minutes and 40 seconds. Although I gotta admit, I was worried there for a minute.

Somewhere in the midst of the second period, Scottie took a hard hit on the rush. Stopped the shot, granted, but paid for it, getting plowed over by an OSU forward who got a body full of goal post and boards, plus some jawing from guys who had a thing or two to say about their goaltender getting hit. But Greenham being the beast of a man that he is got right back up and stopped the last 13 shots of the game.

Heading in to OT, it took just 11 seconds before Buckeye forward Cory Schneider took a hooking call to send the Nanooks to the power play. Just 8 seconds later off the faceoff, Jarret Granberg and the Nanooks were rewarded for throwing the puck on net. Tons of traffic just after the faceoff, and Granny's shot careened off of Andy Taranto in his usual parking spot in front of the net, and the game went in the books.

Tomorrow's game will almost certainly be a bit more high scoring. The 'Nooks will need to tighten up the bolts in their passing game, and I expect the Buckeyes to come up with a new breakout attack to generate some faster transitions.

With the win, and a much needed 3 points, the Nanooks jump 2 spots in the standings over Ohio State and Northern Michigan to 6th. The 'Nooks are 2 points behind a Ferris State team who is idle this week, and a Western Michigan team who went to town on the NMU Wildcats earlier this evening. Every point matters, and 3 more are on the line tomorrow night.

Be there, 7:05PM at the Carlson Center.

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