|May 9: Womp Rats vs. Smurfs (game #5)
Goaltender Chris Campbell
posted his first shutout of the season, and the Womp Rats exploded
for seven second-half goals to defeat the Smurfs, 8-0.
"I thought this was Chris' best game yet this season,"
said defenseman James Ozenne.
"He communicated well, handled the puck well, and most importantly, he stopped some
tough shots, despite being screened quite a few times."
The Smurfs kept the match competitive most of
the way. The game-winning goal, scored by Greg
Saliba on a setup from Mike Mallett,
was all that separated the two teams until several minutes into the second period.
Then a goal by Ozenne sparked a frenzy of Womp Rats scoring that turned
the game into a blowout.
"It seemed like we wore them down a bit," said
defenseman Pete Cruz. "They used
a short bench, and they just didn't seem to have any legs by the end."
Cruz had two assists in the game, including a
100-foot stick-to-stick feed to Bryan Orfila
in front of the net. "I just looked up and saw Bryan cherry-picking on that
play," he said.
Mallett, subbing for Ro Kolakowski, provided a tenacious
forechecking presence and picked up four assists, including three to Saliba,
who scored his third hat-trick of the season and increased his team-leading goal total to
"Mike and Greg were unstoppable," said linemate Rob Lee. "They did a great job of
maintaining pressure on the attack, and they backchecked well."
scored two goals, giving him four for the season. Tryon ranks third
among Womp Rats in both goals and total points, behind Saliba and Orfila,
and leads the team in assists with five.
The only penalty of the game occurred in the second half when the
Smurfs' Jason Kim received a roughing call for a collision with Kai Lin at center ice. The Womp Rats
failed to convert on the power play.
The Womp Rats will try to improve to 6-0 when
they face the Snipers for the first time on Sunday, May 16, at 4:00.