Reno Pond Hockey took on the Desert Dogs in their last game. It was game 3 for Reno Pond Hockey. The game took place on October 2, 2021 at 10:30PM at Reno Ice.
Heading Into The Game
Reno Pond Hockey was coming off of a 10-4 win against Q&D Construction. Reno Pond Hockey was 1-1-0 heading into the game. Reno Pond Hockey sat in 6th in the standings. The Desert Dogs came into this game after a 1-6 loss to Hyundai N-Line. The Desert Dogs were in 5th place in the standings. The Desert Dogs beat Reno Pond Hockey 4-5 back on June 11th. The all time record between Reno Pond Hockey and the Desert Dogs was 0-1-0 heading into the game.
Reno Pond Hockey started the game strong. They scored first and were able to get a 2-1 lead heading into the second period. The Desert Dogs tied it up with the only goal of the second period. The game was level heading into the third period. The Desert Dogs managed to get a 3-2 lead. Reno Pond hockey fought back to tie the game. #18 Sean Slamon scored the game winning goal off of a tip in front of the net late in the third period. This comes after he hit the post a few times in game number two. There were eight penalties in total in the game. Three for Reno Pond Hockey and five for the Desert Dogs. Six of the penalties (including all of the Desert Dogs penalties) came in the third period. The game winning goal was scored on a 5 on 3 power play. Penalties did have a big impact on this game.
Reno Pond Hockey is improving. They had better defensive positioning and breakouts in this game. They did give up a lot of odd man rushes and break away situations. Part of that is that is the Desert Dogs game plan. They like to make long stretch passes from their defensive zone to the opposite blue line. Part of that was Reno Pond Hockey didn’t have a strong back check. Offensive players were slow to get back to the defensive zone. Defenders were getting beat at the offensive blue line. Too many players would come in to forecheck leaving players opposing players open in the neutral zone. Reno Pond Hockey’s goal tending made some pretty big saves. They were able to keep Reno Pond Hockey in it when they didn’t have a strong back check.
This game may be the closest game we have all season. Reno Pond Hockey fought hard and were reworded for their effort.
*The stats aren’t 100% accurate.
Reno Pond Hockey vs Cruz Construction
Location: Reno Ice