|May 16: Womp Rats vs. Snipers (game #6)
The Womp Rats continued to dominate the Bronze division
today with a 10-0 win over the Snipers, improving their record to 6-0 and
prompting talk of an undefeated season.
Bryan Orfila and
Greg Saliba led the Womp Rats, combining
for six goals and three assists. The two centermen are tied for the team
scoring lead, with 18 points each.
Goaltender Chris Campbell
posted his second consecutive shutout and earned his fifth win of the season.
Campbell has not allowed a goal in the last 96 minutes of action.
"Chris did a nice job today in net, stopping a breakaway and
a couple of outnumbered attacks," said defenseman James
Ozenne. "He also helped our transition game by connecting some
good break-out passes."
The Womp Rats have shut out their last three opponents,
and have scored 31 unanswered goals spanning four games over nearly a
month's time, dating back to Kai Lin's late
game winner against the Weasels on April 18.
"For the most part, this was another good defensive effort for us," said Lin.
"We have been improving on our positioning, as well as our decision-making.
Even though we've had a few easy games, we're trying to use those games to get
The Womp Rats were 1 for 5 on the power play, as the frustrated Snipers were charged
with 10 minutes in penalty. Defenseman Dwight Querry
received three two-minute minors, but was not expected to face diciplinary action from the
"[The Snipers] were good sports, overall," said Ozenne.
"They picked up a lot of penalties, but weren't trying to hurt anybody.
They just couldn't keep up with our fast guys."
All eight Womp Rat skaters turned up on the score sheet.
Forwards Frank Tryon and Mike Mallett each posted one goal and one
assist, as did defensemen Lin and Rob
Lee. Defenseman Pete Cruz
and Ozenne had one assist each.
"It's nice that we're getting good scoring balance,"
said Tryon. Both lines are scoring well, and everybody is involved
in the offense."
With the win, the Womp Rats completed a tour of the division
cellar, having faced the league-trailing Motley Crew, Smurfs,
and Snipers in consecutive games. The three struggling teams have a
combined record of 3-15 and have scored 43 goals, giving up 145. The Womp Rats alone
have scored 48 goals in six games.
"It's a nice win for us because we're continuing to build on
our teamwork," said Saliba, who by himself has more goals than three
of the league's seven teams. "Still, I think most of the guys are anxious to
take on some of the tougher teams."
The Womp Rats may get their wish as they attempt to complete a
season sweep of Tsunami next week. Tsunami
fell to the Womp Rats in overtime 4-3 on March 28, after leading briefly 1-0 in the
first period. It was the only time the Womp Rats have ever trailed in a game.