Reno Pond Hockey took on the Murder Hornets on Friday. It was the Reno Ice Adult League Fall 2021 Playoffs. It was the B-League quarter final. It was Reno Pond Hockeys first ever playoff game. The game took place on December 17, 2021 at 10:15PM at Reno Ice.
Reno Pond Hockey was coming off of a 2-10 loss to the Tahoe Storm. Reno Pond Hockey finished the regular season in 6th place going 5-6-0. Reno Pond Hockey went 2-3-0 in their last five games heading into this game. The Murder Hornets were coming off of a 2-1 win against Blue Moon. The Murder Hornets finished the regular season in 3rd place going 5-3-0. The Murder Hornets went 4-1-0 in their last five games of the regular season. Reno Pond Hockey last played the Murder Hornets back on November 7, 2021. Reno Pond Hockey lost that game 3-5. The all time record between Reno Pond Hockey and the Murder Hornets is 0-2-0.
Reno Pond Hockey had a 2-0 lead. Reno Pond Hockeys first goal was scored by #18 Sean Slamon. It was assisted by #8 Marty Harsin. Marty kept the puck in the offensive zone. He played the puck while on his knees. He sent the puck towards the front of the net. Sean put it in the back of the net. #71 Dominic Hyer scored Reno Pond Hockeys second goal. He scored it unassisted. He got the puck from behind his own goal line. He took the puck behind his own net and up the boards. He took it all the way down deked out the goalie and scored. Reno Pond Hockey allowed the Murder Hornets to tie the game with two unanswered goals. The Murder Hornets scored the game winning goal by kicking the puck into the net. Reno Pond Hockey failed to clear the puck. The puck was sent towards the net and kicked in.
When the buzzer went off Reno Pond Hockeys season ended. It was a close game. There was a lot of back and fourth. Both teams had plenty of chances. Reno Pond Hockey played their best hockey in a while. Reno Pond Hockey played hard and fought hard and fell just short. It was a good game from both teams. Reno Pond Hockey did really well for it being their first playoff game. Theres not much more that can be asked from them. The season had to end at some point. Not every team can be the champion. The Reno Pond Hockey RIAL team is growing and improving. They are not the same team that went 3-9 last season with a 9 game losing streak to end the season. They accomplished what they set out to do this season which was to improve as a team. I am proud of what we accomplished this season and am looking forward to what the future holds.
#18 Sean Slamon scored the first goal for Reno Pond Hockey. It was the first goal of the game and it was also Reno Pond Hockeys first ever playoff goal. #8 Marty Harsin made the play to get the goal and the assist on the goal. #71 Dominic Hyer got Reno Pond Hockeys other goal. That goal was unassisted.
Stats were not published on the league website
I just want to end this post by saying thank you to everyone who made this season possible. Reno Pond Hockey players, the Reno Ice staff, and the officials. I especially want to thank our fans. The support and encouragement from our fans is truly appreciated by all of os at Reno Pond Hockey. Weather it’s a Friday night game or a late night game on a weekday, we are grateful for everyone who made this season possible. We are thankful for the support from all our fans who made it out to a game this season and those who didn’t make it out but still showed their support. Thank you.