Close, but no cigar seems to epitomize tonights game, as the chances came, but the goals didn't follow. Credit to every player who played their hearts out tonight, but that's hockey.
First period featured a lot of back an forth action, with the Nanooks seemingly controlling play early. A quick power play goal scored by Taranto woke up the Lakers, who got it back quick, about 35 seconds later. From there, the Lakers took over, turning up the offensive pressure and consistently finding passing lanes and dodging checks.
The 2nd period saw their fair share of chances for either side. A quick pair of penalties gave the Nanooks about 40 seconds of 5 on 3 power play time, but couldn't capitalize.
The Lakers broke through with a power play goal after Nik Yaremchuk took a penalty, and Monardo ripped one under the crossbar past Greenham. A pretty shot, honestly.
Yaremchuk pulled the 'Nooks to within one on a power play goal early in the 3rd, but couldn't get the equalizer.
Later on, two back to back penalties called on Filzen and Gens gave Lake State the dagger through the chest. Honestly, if those penalties were killed/never called (both calls were a bit weak...) that game ends much differently.
The Nanooks had their chances tonight, pucks were on the doorstep, but nobody was home to bury one. I'm sure this has never been said before, but Kapalka is a good tendy. He's a major reason why they won. Robbing Taranto on a breakaway is no easy task, and he made it look simple.
Tonight's win for Lake State catapults them from tied for 8th to tied for 3rd. If anything, that shows you just how much every win means. While its still mathematically possible, home ice for the playoffs is decreasing in probability.
Well, the Nanooks will look to keep those hopes alive tomorrow against the Lakers. Game 2, same time same place. If you're wanting a little more hockey action, Nanooks alumni, including Dallas Ferguson will suit up tomorrow for the annual alumni scrimmage at 3PM at the Carlson Center. Cost is free, so come on out!