Game Recaps

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April 18: Womp Rats vs. Weasels (game #3)

Defenseman Kai Lin scored his first goal of the season to lift the Womp Rats to a 5-4 win over the Weasels.

Lin found himself open in the attacking zone and headed for the front of the net, where he took a Frank Tryon pass and beat the goalie low, breaking a 4-4 tie a few minutes before the final horn.

"My stick was tied up all the way, so I couldn't get much on the shot.  Frank gave me a perfect pass, so I just whacked at it," said Lin, whose goal gave the Womp Rats their third win in three tries this season.

The Womp Rats were relieved to get the win after squandering a three goal halftime lead.  "It looked like an easy game there in the first period, but I think our team tired out a bit," said captain James Ozenne.

Forward Ro Kolakowski collected his first point of the season, setting up Ozenne in the slot to open the scoring.  "Ro has been communicating and moving well, especially in this game," said forward Greg Saliba.   "I think he will be a solid contributor on offense this season."

The Womp Rats appeared to have the game well in hand late in the first period.  Bryan Orfila beat the goalie on a rebound from a Pete Cruz slap shot, giving him his fifth goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Greg Saliba scored his second unassisted goal of the game, and sixth goal of the season after intercepting a poor clearing pass from the goalie.

But the Weasels battled back in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals to tie the game.  Dave Revivo led the Weasels with two goals and was pleased with his team's effort despite the loss.   "This is a free-agent team, and we haven't really come together as a team yet.   Hopefully we will see the Womp Rats again in the playoffs."

Players from both teams arrived barely in time for the game, many of them having watched Wayne Gretzky's last NHL game on TV, which ended less than an hour before the Womp Rats start time.  Players were eager to point out the significance of Gretzky's career in their own lives.  "Gretzky is as fine an example of greatness as exists in hockey and in life," said Ozenne.  "It was always a pleasure to watch and learn from such a pure professional competitor.   More specifically to us, he brought hockey to our part of the country.  It's very doubtful that we would be out here playing roller hockey right now if not for Wayne Gretzky."  Teammates echoed Ozenne's sentiments.

The Womp Rats are off next weekend, and return to action against Motley Crew (0-3) at 5:00, May 2, on fan appreciation day.