Game Recaps

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May 2: Womp Rats vs. Motley Crew (game #4)

The Womp Rats swept their two-game season series with Motley Crew Sunday, pounding the last-place Crew 12-0.

The Womp Rats have opened up a four point lead over the rest of the division, and are considered the favorites to win the Bronze/Copper title.   Motley Crew, still looking for their first win of the season, was overmatched from the outset.

"Motley Crew just found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Stacy Mayeda, who witnessed the match.   "Once the Womp Rats got their offensive machine working, they were obviously tough if not impossible to stop. Motley Crew was just unable to stay out of their own end."

Farrah Smith agreed.  "Motley Crew actually got very good goaltending.  The way the Womp Rats were exploiting Crew's weaknesses, it could have easily been a 20-goal game."

The Rats got their game-winning goal just five minutes into the contest, when Frank Tryon converted Bryan Orfila's first credited assist of the season.  Orfila later scored four consecutive goals and briefly held the team scoring lead before being overtaken by Greg Saliba in the second half.

"Today was just a day to work on our team's weaknesses and try to use the real-game situation to improve our teamwork," said Saliba after the game.  "I liked the fact that we kept our heads up and passed well, and moved well.  We just have to build on that kind of teamwork."  Saliba had four goals to increase his season total to a team-leading 10.

But the game was not all business for the Womp Rats, who lightened the mood by swapping their defensemen and forwards for some second-half shifts.   The Saliba line even devoted a shift to setting up defenseman James Ozenne, who nevertheless failed to light the lamp.

"That was embarassing," said Ozenne, smiling, at the conclusion of a shift that offered him at least four quality scoring chances.  "Ro [Kolakowski] must have set me up two or three times from behind the net.  The other guys too.  I just couldn't finish."

Kolakowski had a career-high three points in the contest, including his first two goals of the season.