The “home” leg of the season series against HC Panthers wrapped up Sunday afternoon in the Bossard Arena featuring a slightly different lineup and our own referees. And just like last week, the black and green jerseys outnumbered the red ones more than 2-1.
The game even started the same way, with a turnover finding its way into the Flames net for a 1-0 Panthers lead at 2.55. The difference this time was goaltending – on both sides. JY made a series of big saves early on while the Flames took their time getting into stride, while the starting Panthers goalie looked decidedly better than last week, turning aside several top scoring chances from in close. Gabor finally solved the black/green goalie at 9.52, and Flames continued to work away in close to build a 4-1 lead at the end of the first.
A change in tactics broke the game open in the second as the Flames started shooting, beginning with a bad-angle beauty off a draw that Marc drove in off the short-side post 6 minutes in. That seemed to spark Christian and Dave who combined to score 4 goals over the next 8 minutes on some pretty passing and precision shooting. JY didn’t have much to do but was effective when called upon, while the other goalie saw lots more rubber but couldn’t do much to keep it out. 9-1 after two.
The starting HCP goalie stepped aside for his backup to start the third, and Dave welcomed the newcomer with a solo rush goal just 22 seconds in, following that up with a similar effort about 5 minutes later. The Panthers got a bit frustrated in the third as the goals against kept coming, but our refs Marcus and Ken kept a grip on the proceedings close things out at 14-3.
Special mention goes to JY for holding us in during the early sleepwalking phase, while most of the offence came from Christian (5G, 1A) and Dave (3G, 2A). Eric D added 4 helpers but is still looking for that elusive first goal of the season. Maybe next week against Thalwil!
Thanks again to HCP for another fun game and for supplying their scorekeeping team. Ibi will want to thank HCP as well since a large number of Panthers joined some Greenhorns for post-game libations at Bar 11, staying even after the last Flame went out.