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Colorado Wildfire came into the Eagle's Nest for a three-game series with
Sterling. Here is what happened:
Wildfire 3, Eagles 1
A game not as close as the score indicates. Colorado completely stifled
everything the Eagles attempted offensively, and completely dominated the puck
throughout. It sometimes appeared that the Wildfire was toying with the home
Kevin Hatcher put Colorado on the board in the first period at the 7:00
mark. In the 2nd period, checking forward Pat Stapleton beat Eagles' goalie
Ron Hextall, to make it 2-0. Bob Carpenter's first goal of the season brought
the Eagles to within 2-1 at the second intermission. The 3rd period was an
excercise in futility for Sterling, as Colorado outshot them 15-6, and salted
the game away for good at 19:59 on Ron Francis's empty-net goal. Final shot
total was 32-21, Colorado.
Eagles 4, Wildfire 3
A much better showing all-around for the home team. Andrew Cassels put
Sterling ahead with a first period score at 19:14. The Wildfire evened it at
1:48 of period two, as Ron Francis scored an unassisted goal. Calle Johansson
also scored unassisted for Sterling, making it 2-1 on a power-play, at 13:22.
In the third period, another Francis goal made it 2-2, the power-play goal
at 2:46, was assisted by Stevens and Jagr. Sterling went up 4-2 as Kelly
Buchberger, then Dmitri Khristich (PPG) were able to beat Jeff Hackett.
Colorado got within a goal, as Thomas Sandstrom scored a power-play goal with
6:56 remaining, but that closed out the scoring. Shots were 28-24, Sterling.
Eagles 4, Wildfire 3
Sterling's power play was the difference in this game, as the Eagles
converted three times in five opportunities.
The Wildfire drew first blood, as Ulf Sameulsson's shot from the point found
its way through traffic and behind Ron Hextall. Andrew Cassels evened it at
1-1 by period's end.
Each team scored twice in the 2nd, Larry Murphy (PPG) and Andreas Dackell
for Colorado, and Cassels lighting the lamp two more times, completing a hat-
trick for Sterling.
The game-winner came at 3:12 of the final stanza, and Claude Lemieux scored
with the man advantage.
Shot total was 27-25, Sterling.
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