|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
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
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.