It was certainly a game to remember for the Frogs this week! Having just come off a loss to their rivals, the Frogs were up against a difficult opponent, the Beerhawks. The 'Hawks had a great start of season with a record 3-0-0 this season with 26 goals for and 7 against. This contrasts with the Frogs record of 1-2-0, 7 goals for and 12 goals against, the outlook was grim.
The Frogs Players were clearly betting on a loss which would have assured that the Hawk's would climb up a division with such a strong record. R. McDermott was even heard saying "Don't play too hard" this may have been the standard procedure back in the farm ringette team but this was the "big league" ... or closer to it!
The Frogs decided they would play harder! The match was close with both teams getting multiple scoring opportunities and naturally, when both teams are playing hard, things get a little rough. Normally, this would be taken care of by a few penalties to calm both parties but in this game, the refs, apparently emulating the recent NFL fiasco, decided not to call much. Players from the Beerhawks started pushing into the Frog's crease with defencemen E. Cantin, P. Racine and K. Hollyer having to work overtime to get them out! Then, Disaster struck, the Beerhawks managed to sneak a puck pas goaltender J.-M. Roy, the score: 1-0 Beerhawks.
The Frogs were not to be discouraged by this, they replied quickly scoring a goal and a second less than a minute later! The rough game kept going with players from both sides getting penalties and even goaltender J.-M. Roy getting a cross-checking penalty. A goaltender given a crosschecking penalty you say? Does rule 59.1 not state " Cross-checking - the action of using the shaft of the stick between the two hands to forcefully check an opponent." ? Isn't it impossible for the goaltender to hold his stick with two hands ? What were the refs thinking? These questions puzzled fans everywhere!
In the end, the Frogs managed to score 2 more goals while conceding 2 making the final score 4-3 for the Frogs. No doubt aided by the return of superstar R. Lemieux, the Frogs managed to beat a team with an amazing record and raise to second place in the league standings. On another positive note, K. Hollyer decided to overturn his decision to not get penalties last game and was finally accepted as a Pat. No doubt celebrations were had in the Hollyer household! The Beerhawks on the other hand, had to contend with going up a division but will have to live with the fact that they lost against the Frogs and will have no chance for revenge this season.
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