|May 2: Womp Rats vs. Motley Crew (game
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
"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
Kolakowski had a career-high three points in the contest,
including his first two goals of the season.