Recaps from Opening Night
Colonials 14, Storm 2
Goals – Bob Anderson 5, Brian Anderson 4, Matchock 2, Kalgren 2, Terwilliger 1
Goals – Waddell 1, Kedge 1
Assists – Bob Anderson 6, Brian Anderson 3, Matchock 3, Kalgren 2
Assists – Smith 1
Saves – Mitchell 19, Herman 12
Partial Scratch: Kedge (arrived in the later stages of the 2nd period)
The 2019 XHL season kicked off with the Colonials picking up a 14-2 win over the Storm at 6:00. The Andersons combined to score 9 goals with Steve Kalgren added a pair of goals and assists in his red, white, and blue debut. Alex Waddell and newcomer Zach Kedge scored the lone goals for the Storm.
Tim Herman made 12 stops to earn the victory in the Colonials’ cage. Dan Mitched stopped 19 of the 33 shots he faced in his first XHL game for the Storm. Derik Day was a scratch for the Colonials.
Knights 8, Xtreme 7
Goals – Tosh 3, Calvert 2, Schindler 2, Kline 1
Goals – Smith 3, Bussard 1, Jewell 1, Walter 1, Zimmerman 1
Assists – Calvert 3, Schindler 1, Amick 1, Tosh 1
Assists – Smith 1, Cebulskie 1
Saves – Matchock 23, Lingenfelter 20
Andy Calvert’s breakaway goal with 24 seconds left in the game capped off a dramatic Knights’ comeback victory at 7:00 Monday. The Knights trailed by as many as three goals during the game, but came all the way back to earn two points in the standings in regulation.
Dave Jewell’s third period tally put the Xtreme up by a pair of goals with a half a period to go in the game. But the Knights rattled off the final three goals of the contest with Jordan Tosh, Kurt Schindler, and Calvert accounting for the markers. The final breakaway goal gave the Knights their first lead of the game. They only need to preserve it for the final 24 seconds.
John Matchock filled in for Todd Schickling in the Knights’ net. After a shaky start, he was able to put together some key saves down the stretch. He ended the game with 23 saves.
Calvert led the way with 2 goals and 3 assists. Tosh added 3 goals and an assist and Schindler had a pair of goals and a helper.
Kevin Smith led the Xtreme with 3 goals and an assist and Clint Lingenfelter made 20 stops in net.
Spare Parts 11 Storm 4
A little over a month ago, Brian May and Zach Foradori put a team together full of Spare Parts. Following the game, Brian May seemed very pleased with their effort, in particular, rookie goalie Tyler Luzier, who made several high quality saves, 25 in all, to help keep the Spare Parts in control throughout the game. Rookie Jacob Deberti got the scoring started in the first period, followed by Nic Cebulskie to put the Spare Parts up 2-0 late in the first period before Storm rookie Joseph Conforto scored his first XHL goal to get the Storm within a goal. The 2nd period saw a lot more back and forth action, with Jacob Deberti and Zach Foradori scoring consecutive goals to put the Spare Parts up 4-1. Chuck Ritzie and Tyler Reynolds kept the momentum going with 2 more goals to put them up 6-1 before storm rookie Nate Wolfe scored his first xhl goal to get the Storm with 6-2. Zach Smith got his first goal of the night to get the Storm within 6-3 before Tyler Reynolds and Zach Foradori put the Spare Parts back in control at 8-3 late in the 2nd period. Another Storm Rookie, Zach Kedge, scored his 2nd xhl goal (had one in the Colonial game) to pull the Storm within 4 going into the 3rd period. The Storm had several chances to inch closer, but Tyler Luzier shut the door on anymore goals. Tyler Reynolds would score 2 more goals in the 3rd period before Chuck Ritzie scored their 11th and final goal of the night to seal the 11-4 win for the Spare Parts. Rookie goalie Dan Mitchell made 23 saves in the losing effort for the Storm. Tyler Reynolds led the Spare Parts with 4 goals and 3 assists. Jacob Deberti had 3 points as well. The Storm will play their 3rd game of the season next Monday night against the Chiefs, while the Spare Parts will look to go to 2-0 when they play the JagrBombs. A more detailed game summary can be found below:
Summary: (Deberti 1-0, Cebulskie 2-0, Conforto 1-2, Deberti 3-1, Foradori 4-1, Ritzie 5-1, Reynolds 6-1, Wolfe 2-6, Smith 3-6, Reynolds 7-3, Foradori 8-3, Kedge 4-8, Reynolds 9-4, Reynolds 10-4, Ritzie 11-4)
Goals – Reynolds 4, Deberti 2, Ritzie 2, Foradori 2, Cebulskie 1
Goals – Conforto 1, Wolfe 1, Smith 1, Kedge 1
Assists – Reynolds 3, Deberti 1
Assists – Pearce 1, Smith 1
Saves – Luzier 25, Mitchell 23
Yeti 4 Renegades 2
Last nights most anticipated game between the Renegades and Yeti may have been a little surprising to a lot of people who follow the XHL pretty close, but Yeti goalie Adam McKinley refused to call the Yeti 4-2 win an upset. The most surprising factor was seeing a team full of offensively gifted stars in the Renegades only score 2 goals. Yeti goalie Adam McKinley made some big saves, 23 in all to help lead his team to a big opening night victory. New acquisition Brandon Reiter scored the opening goal for the Yeti, along with their 3rd goal to lead the way. The game was tied at 1 in the later stages of the 2nd period before Dan Fatula found a way to get one by Josh Clontz. Clontz made several quality saves throughtout the game, 22 in all in the losing effort. The Yeti found themselves up 3-1 going into the 3rd period. Normally, a 4th goal doesn’t put a game away in the XHL, but Phil Pompeii’s 3rd period goal went a long way in sealing the win for the Yeti. Last years Finals MVP Pat Hunter was able to score the Renegades 2nd goal of the night, a short handed one on a nice set up from Mike Lehman, but they were unable to get any closer. Eric Llewellyn had the first Renegades goal late in the 1st period on a nice set up from Hunter. The Yeti were led by Brandon Reiter’s 2 goals. The road wont get any easier for either team. The Renegades will take on the Xtreme at 7 p.m. Monday night. The Yeti get another night cap, taking on the Knights at 9. A more detailed scoring summary can be found below:
Summary: (Reiter 1-0, Llewellyn 1-1, Fatula 2-1, Reiter 3-1, Phil Pompeii 4-1, Hunter 2-4)
Goals – Reiter 2, Phil Pompeii 1, Fatula 1
Goals – Llewellyn 1, Hunter 1
Assists – Jacobson 1, Schuckers 1
Assists – Lehman 1, Hunter 1
Saves – McKinley 23, Clontz 22