A Storm Flies over California

Andrew Martin <avmartin@...>

In what is believed to be a first in the Gump Worsley Memorial Hockey League, 2
of the 3 games between the Idaho Storm and the Delta Sturgeon were played live
over the inetrnet. It was very interesting, and worth a try if you have the time
to do it (or make the time if your schedule is like mine :)

The first game was totally dominated by the Storm as they outshot Delta 51-21
for the game. However, although they controlled the puck and the game, they only
led 2-1 midway through the 3rd as the Sturgeon received great goaltending once
again from Steve Shields. The Idaho lead was built by the #1 power play in the
league as Keith Tkachuk roofed a backhander over Shields from the side of the
crease off a nice feed from Palffy who broke clean through the neutral zone.
Lindros also got the assist for starting the break. The second Storm goal came
on a giveaway at the blueline by Ken Klee, and Adam Deadmarsh made no mistake
blasting a low slapper just inside the left post to extend the lead to 2-0 in
the second. Delta refused to fold and managed to get a power play goal from
Viktor Kozlov midway through the third, but could not get the equalizer as.

Tkachuk and Lindros each tallied twice, and Delta did not get any goals until
the 3rd period as Idaho put the hurt on Damian Rhodes who was making his first
home start of the season. The Storm capitalized for 3 power play goals on 5
chances, and Deleta was 0-5 to make the difference in the game. Keep saying it:
Lindros, Palffy, Tkachuk...that's one bad power play! Kozlov notched his 2nd in
2 games, and Rucchin and Mike Johnson scored the other goals. Again, simply
outplayed by Idaho.

The final game was better in the shot column, but Idaho really coasted after
building a 4-0 lead and finished up with a 4-2 win.

"Idaho is an elite team, and they showed how you do it. Play solid in your own
end and capitalize on special teams. We are still young, and some of our players
need to learn how to win. It was encouraging that we didn't give up in any of
the games, but we must continue to work hard. One are we really need to work on
is standing up at the blueline. We let way too many guys carry the puck into our
zone, and that's just confidence. We need to get there soon. We don't have an
unlimited amount of time to turn things around and get the job done here" said
GM Martin

Andrew Martin - Delta Sturgeon

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