Reno Pond Hockey took on Murder Hornets in their last game. It was game seven of the RIAL Spring 2022 season. The game took place on April 11th, 2022 at 7:15PM. The game was at Reno Ice.
Reno Pond Hockey was coming off of a 3-8 loss to Desert Dogs. Reno Pond Hockey was 0-6-0. Reno Pond Hockey was in 12th place in the standings. Murder Hornets were coming off of a 3-6 loss to Blue Moon. Murder Hornets were 2-5-0. The all time record between Reno Pond Hockey and the Murder Hornets was 0-3-0. These two teams last met on December 17, 2021, for the RIAL fall 2021 playoffs. The Murder Hornets won that game 2-3 and eliminated Reno Pond Hockey from the playoffs.
Reno Pond Hockey didn’t have much going for them the whole game. One player on the Murder Hornets was able to take over the whole game. He scored like 5 of their goals. It wasn’t a team effort it was just one guy who could take over the game whenever he wanted. Reno Pond Hockey didn’t scored until late in the game. After the game the Murder Hornets were talking smack in the handshake line and as they left the ice. Thats really just an unclassy move by them. Don’t try to rile people up after a beer league game. You won by a lot, shut up and leave the ice. You want to celebrate that’s one thing. You want to talk smack thats a whole other thing. You beat the last team in the league who hasn’t won a game this season and has been struggling all season. You are not special.
Games like this suck. We could outplay the whole other team (not that we did) but then just one guy is gonna score like 5 goals. It is super discouraging. Right now we don’t have a lot going for us. We are struggling on defense. We are not keeping track of the open man. We are letting players get open in the slot. We are letting players go to the net unchallenged. We are struggling to get the puck out of our zone. In our own defensive zone we are sending the puck to where none of our players are. We are not connecting on breakout passes. We are one and done in the offensive zone most of the time. We are not putting pressure on the opposing team as they bring the puck up. Whatever progress we have made to improve as a team has fallen apart. A lot of that has to do with a lack of a third offensive line, and our top defender not being there. Additional to that some of the players missing now were keys in our success last season.
#71 Dominic Hyer scored the only goal for Reno Pond Hockey. It was assisted by #25 Ethan Crisp and #00 Tommy Bartold. The goal was a real team effort and I am proud of how they made it happen.
Stats were not published on the league website
There has been no information on the playoff format at the time of writing this. I am just assuming that it will be the same as last season. In B-League the top 6 teams will be in. The bottom team in the regular season standings will be sent down to C-League. The team that wins the championship will go up to A-League.
Reno Pond Hockey is out of the playoffs. A record of 5-6-0 can get a team into the playoffs. A record of 4-7-0 will not.
With four games left in the season for most teams, none of the B-League teams have secured a playoff spot yet. That should change this week.
Reno Pond Hockey vs Blue Moon | RIAL
Location: Reno Ice