Delta Splits a pair with Cardinals

Andrew Martin <avmartin@...>

Delta started of the 2nd Quarter at home with a lackluster effort against the
Cardinals. Still without
top D-Man Derian Hatcher, the team struggled and looked flat. Thoroughy
outplayed, the Sturgeon were defeated 4-1 in a game which was not even that
close. The Cardinals outshot Delta 37-26, and went 1-4 on the power play. "When
you give up goals to Keith Carney, and Paul Kruse, someone out ther's not
getting the job done." said GM Martin. Turgeon and Audette netted the other
goals for Richelieu. Michael Nylander got his first, and the only goal for

In the second game, Delta played a much slower paced game. Using a strong
forecheck and safe, dump and chase hockey, the Sturgeon won the second game 3-2,
going 2 for 8 on the powerplay. Ruslan Salei got the gamewinner early in the 3rd
after a giveaway in the Cardinals zone. James Black also scored an unassisted
goal as the Cardinal defense had troubles dealing with the strong forechecking
pressure. "We needed to come out with a strong effort after being badly
outplayed in the first game. The defense did a great job limiting second chance
shots, and Shields made enough saves for the win. We were able to keep the puck
in thier zone more than ours, and that control allowed us to keep the shots
down" said Peter Forsberg. The Richelieu goals were scored by Malakhov and
Turgeon for his second goal in the 2 game set. Mike Johnson notched the other
goal on a power play for Sturgeon.

Andrew Martin

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