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Nordiques fall to Ice Paddys, lose 6-2
It was a tough night for the Nords as they couldn't match the speed of the Ice Paddys and fell 6-2. The Nords move to .500 at a 1-1 record.
The game got off to a disjointed start as the game time was moved from 10:10 to 9:40. This message got across to 95% of players but not to the Paddys' goalie who was nowhere to be found at puck drop. Without a netminder, the Paddys' iced six attackers, who did a great job of smothering the Nordiques at the blue line and keep it 0-0. Snakebitten forward Tim Nash finally had seen enough, as he fired in a laser from just inside the blue line for a 1-0 lead. Shortly after the game was stopped as the Paddys' goalie finally arrived and got suited up. The game settled in and the Paddys tied it up shortly after.
The lone bright spot for the Nordique's offense occured midway through the second period as Eric Farrell cut hard to the slot and fired a wrister under the blocker of the goalie. Unfortunately, that was the last offensive strike the Nords could muster. Many a decent scoring chance arose throughout the remainder of the game, but nothing slipped past the netminder.
Late in the game, with the Paddys cherrypicking with a big lead and getting away with chippy plays, Dave Genova layed a thunderous check at the blue line. He took his two minutes but felt no shame and skated to the penalty box. The Paddys player reported that he was nauseous, but no one was sure if it was due to the hit or the fact that his team's jerseys are vomit-inducing.
The Nordiques hope to bounce back in their next game that has yet to scheduled.
Nordiques take the air out of Fat Tire, win 5-2
March 23, 2014
The Nordiques got off to a solid start to the 2014 Spring season with a sound thumping of newly promoted Fat Tire. Without the leadership of their injured captain Rich Gioia, the Nords found a way to get to their game early and jump to a large 5-0 lead. The line of Tim Nash, Doug Eng, and Kevin Unger were a force all night. Eng and Unger were the beneficiaries of Nash's solid puck possesion game.. In the third, Nash hit two post shots in one shift but could not find a way to beat the goaltender.
Eric Farrell was able to beat the Tire's goaltender Kelly Smith on a backhand chance off a turnover in the second that barely squeezed through. He was almost able to pot a second tally later in the period but hit the crossbar and watched as the puck spun on the goal line before it was covered.
The defensive pairing of Doug MacDonald and Matt Simon frustrated Fat Tire all night, turning away players at the blue line like a pair of night club bouncers. MacDonald also chipped in a goal from the back end, going coast to coast on the hapless Tires.
Forward Mike Lasky was frustrated early when some great shots from the slot were turned away. He kept driving hard to the net and was finally rewarded with a great centering feed from Farrell, which he one-timed home in front of the large visiting crowd.
Fat Tire, to their credit, hung in late and were able to cash in on two quick goals to cut the lead in half in the 3rd. It wasn't enough as the Nordiques added a late goal for the 5-2 final.
"nos bras meutris vous tendent le flambeau, a vous toujours de la porter bien haut..."