Delta has a Nice Camp by the Fire!

Andrew Martin <avmartin@...>

The Colorado Wildfire breezed into the Delta, and the Sturgeon found it much to
thier liking as they burned Colorado for a win and a tie (which is great by
Sturgeon standards).

Game 1 was a great flowing game with good chances at both ends of the ice. The
biggest difference was that Delta went to the body often and hard, outhitting
Colorado 29-15. Colorado opened up with a power play just 1:54 into the game
with a 2-man advantage on a goal by Andreas Dackell. Shields ad no chance on
this one, but he deserved to give it up since he took a slashing penalty to give
Colorado the 2-man power play. Delta went up 2-1 in the first on goals by
Wasburn and G. Johnson by the end of the first period. Chris Dingman proceeded
to put the Wildfire ahead on a pair of goals in the sencond. Yes, Dingman.
Midway through the third, with time running out, Greg DeVries notched a power
play goal as Delta was able to net the equalizer. Both teams managed 3 shots in
the extra session, but there were no real good scoring chances. "This was an
entertaining game for the fans with a lot of flow. The guys showed great
determination in going out there and getting the point after trailing in the
3rd" said Derian Hatcher.

Game 2 was a very close game, but Shields outplayed Hackett, and that was the
difference. Niether team was able to score on the power play, but Delta did a
good job of staying out of the box for most of the game.
Greg DeVries scored for the second game in a row to stake the home team to a 1-0
lead midway through the first. That lead would hold all the way until the third
period when Delta made a fatal mistake on the powerplay. A giveaway at the Delta
blueline allowed Kevin Hatcher to blast a slapshot past a totally unprepared
Steve Shields to toe the game at 1. Blair Atcheynum rturned the favor later in
the game after stealing the puck behind the net and beating Hackett with a
wraparound goal. The final goal was an empty netter by Forsberg. "If we continue
to play hard and make good decisions, we can be competitive with most teams in
the league. Our younger players need to continue to improve, and become our
go-to guys."

Andrew Martin

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