Bucs fall apart early in the 3rd and lose 5-2

By Kevin Kasel

First period both teams had their chances, but both goalies were there to turn the puck away. Each team is whistled for two penalties in the 1st period with no damage done. The period ended like it started, 0-0

Second period started with the Bucs applying the pressure early, but Eric Pfligler was able to keep it 0-0. Gamblers returned the favor and applied the pressure and Chris Gartman kept it 0-0. At 5:03 Nate Hansen paid a visit to the penalty box for roughing for Des Moines. The Gamblers’ Matt Johnson was able to convert on the power play on a one-time pass from Matt Greene. Midway through the period, the Bucs got a golden opportunity, a minute plus 5-on-3 opportunity, but Chris Collins was whistled for a double minor for high sticking. From the on-line version of the rulebook, a double minor is for an accidental high stick that causes an injury (Rule 617- High Sticking: http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~kennyz/Hockey/rulebook/node77.html). There was no goals scored on either teams’ power play chances. The period ended with the Gamblers out shooting the Bucs 27-17 for the game and a 1-0 lead.

Third period started off with the Bucs applying the pressure early, but it is the Gamblers who get on the board. Gamblers are able to breakout and feed Joe Crabb, who blasts it from the blue line and made it 2-0 at 1:12 of the 3rd period. Gamblers get another bounce as Crabb centered the puck that deflected off Weston Tardy’s skate and gave the Gamblers the 3-0 lead at 2:58. A little past the midway point, Tim Stapleton is left in front of the net with the puck and found the twine and gives the Gamblers a 4-0 lead and chased Chris Gartman out and brought in Trent Baker. With about 7-minutes left, Luke Irwin eliminated the shutout and puts the Bucs on the board with helpers from Alex Matieroukine and Jeff Genovy. Bucs are not able to get anything going and 18:44 mark, Matt Johnson puts a dribbler past Baker, made it 5-1. Brett Skinner scored a late goal to make it 5-2 and that is how it ends.

The Gamblers lead the best of five, 1-0. The series resumes tomorrow night again in Green Bay before returning to Des Moines on Saturday night.