Buccaneers game reports

By Kevin Kasel

Game Reports:

Des Moines Buccaneers vs. Waterloo Black Hawks, 09/28/02 –

Des Moines started off the season with a victory over the visiting Waterloo Black Hawks.

The Black Hawks entered this game with a victory the previous night in Kearney, NE for P.K. O’Handley’s first USHL win since 1997.

Eric Helstedt got the Bucs on the board first on the power play and later added another goal in the first. The 1st period ended 2-1 Bucs.

The 2nd period was penalty filled and saw Waterloo tie the game 2-2.

The Bucs came out firing to start the 3rd and re-claimed the lead with a goal from Joel Kitchen. About 10 minutes later Denny Reagan added to the lead with an assist to the new defenseman we received in a trade with River City, Travis Anderson. Marty Guerin added an empty-netter at the 19:59 mark to give the Bucs the 5-2 win.

Des Moines Buccaneers vs. Cedar Rapids Roughriders, 10/05/02 –

Bucs start the came off with a defensive lapse and allow Jon Grabarek a clear break away on AJ Bucchino to give the Roughriders an early 1-0 lead. A few minutes later Bryce Anderson won the offensive zone face-off and snapped a wrister over the shoulder of Wes Russell to tie the game 1-1. With about 4-1/2 left in the period, Jamie Hoffmann snapped a shot over Russell’s shoulder to give the Bucs the 2-1 lead heading into the locker room.

Cedar Rapids came out firing in the 2nd and the Bucs were flat and the Roughriders headed into the locker rooms at the second intermission with the 4-2 lead.

Bucs were putting the shots on goal, but Russell was up to the challenge. With about 4 minutes left, Marty Guerin caught a break with Russell out of the net and at a tough angle was able to bring the Bucs to within 1. Then with about one minute left, the referee missed a blatant tripping calling on the blue line; Troy Brummett took his gift and topped off his night with a goal. Brummett already had 3 assists on the night. Roughriders won 5-3.

Des Moines Buccaneers vs. Topeka Scarecrows, 10/11/02 –

Looks like the game started off like the previous game, with a defensive breakdown and Topeka’s Eric Vesely in all alone on AJ Bucchino and took the early 1-0 lead. The Bucs never seemed to get anything going during the first period.

Ryan Miller and Phil Angell added to Topeka’s lead in the second period to give the Scarecrows a 3-0 lead going into the 3rd period.

Shortly into the 3rd period Jon Rudnick scored on a beautiful feed across from Tomas Jasko to cut the lead to 3-1. The Bucs were not able to get to Topeka and the Scarecrows left with a 3-1 win.

Des Moines Buccaneers vs. River City Lancers, 10/12/02 –

Lancers-Buccaneers, one of the most fiercest rivalries in the USHL. Good vs. Evil … add in the trade from last season of Ryan Bennett from Des Moines to Omaha for Marty Guerin and future consideration, Mike Neilon. Then the early season trade of Tommy Kolar from Des Moines the Lancers for defensivemen, Travis Anderson. This rivalry took on a new twist this season as the Lancers some how managed to get across the Missouri River into Iowa and are now the River City Lancers instead of the Omaha Lancers.

The Bucs scored about 6 minutes in Ryan Dingle from Jamie Hoffmann. About 5 minutes later Mike Franks added to the lead to make it 2-0 as they headed into the locker rooms.

Dingle added another goal to make it 3-0 at the 12 minute mark. Omaha, oops River City answered quickly to make it 3-1. Then a few minutes later while on the power play, the Lancers cut it to a 3-2 lead. Former Lancer, Marty Guerin increased the Bucs’ lead to 4-2. The Lancers’ Tim Cook answered on the power play around the 17:30 mark to cut it to 4-3 heading into the locker room.

Third period had the Lancers throwing everything, including the kitchen sink at Bucchino. With about five minute left Tomas Jasko increase the Bucs lead to 5-3. The Lancers pulled their goalie to and scored two goals to force OT. It took a shoot-out to determine a winner. Matt Burto is the only person to score for either team during the shoot-out as the Bucs won in a shoot-out 6-5.

Pre-Game Report:

Des Moines Buccaneers at Lincoln Stars, 10/15/02 –

This will be the Bucs first road test of the season. Road games were a major concern for last year’s Bucs. Coach Ferguson hopes to change that trend and start winning on the road.

Lincoln will be a tough challenge for the Bucs to start off the road games. Bucs need to avoid the sin bin and limit Lincoln’s shots on goal.

Des Moines Buccaneers at Green Bay Gamblers, 10/18/02 and 10/19/02 –

The Bucs head into Green Bay for two games in the new Resch Center. The Gamblers feature veteran defensemen, Jake Taylor along with highly sought after 16 year old, Wes O’Neill. O’Neill was projected to be the 1st pick in the Ontario Hockey league (OHL) this past summer, but wanted to keep his NCAA College options available. O’Neill has verbally committed to Notre Dame.

Currently the Gamblers are 0-4 on this young season and have lost one of their key defensemen in Dan Venard to a torn ACL. The Gamblers will come out firing looking to give the Resch Center its first “W”, but the Bucs need to play “smart road hockey” and avoid the penalty box and avoid letting the home crowd into the game.

Des Moines Buccaneers vs. Cedar Rapids Roughriders, 10/25/02 –

The Bucs look to avenge 2 pre-season defeats to the Roughriders and an early defeat 5-3 on October 5th in Des Moines. The Bucs needs to increase their shots on goals and limit the Roughriders’ shots on goal to help increase their chance of coming away with a win.