Reno Pond Hockey played The Guardians in their last game. It was game ten and the last game of the RIAL D-League Summer 2022 regular season. The game took place on Saturday August, 13th, 2022 at 1:15PM. The game was at Reno Ice.
Reno Pond Hockey was coming off of a 5-1 win against Mid-Ice Crisis. Reno Pond Hockey was on a three game winning streak. Reno Pond Hockey was 6-3-0. Reno Pond Hockey was in 2nd place in the standings. The Guardians were coming off of a 3-2 win against The Grrrowlers. The Guardians were 3-6-0. The Guardians were in 4th place in the standings. The all time record between Reno Pond Hockey and The Guardians was 1-0-0. Reno Pond Hockey last played The Guardians on July 6th, 2022. That game ended in a 6-1 Reno Pond Hockey victory.
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With just under 12 minutes to go in the first period The Guardians opened up the scoring. They scored on an odd man rush to make it 1-0. They would hold that lead going into the second period.
The Guardians would make it 2-0 with just under 16 minutes to go in the second period. It was another odd man rush goal.
With just under 7 minutes to go in the second period Reno Pond Hockey would score. Reno Pond Hockey put pressure on The Guardians in their own zone. The Guardians mishandle the puck. Reno Pond Hockey recovers the puck. #36 Brandon Angues passed the puck to #19 Brent Cordell who skated the puck up down the middle towards the net. The pass created a 3 on 1 situation. Brent would take the shot and score. That made the game 1-2.
With less than 30 seconds on the clock in the second period, Reno Pond Hockey would tie the game. A blocked shot in the defensive end would lead to a breakaway. The initial shot was blocked. The rebound bounced off the attacking player and went in. The ref immediately waved off the goal. The only explanation the ref gave at the time was “theres no way”. I asked the league for further clarification but they have not gotten back to me yet. There was no goalie interference, he wasn’t in the crease, and he didn’t intentionally direct the puck. Not having a reason why it was called off is frustrating. The call definitely effected the rest of the game too. I’m not going to say this one call changed the outcome of the game. There is a big difference between tied going into the third period and down by a goal going into the third period.
With 12 minutes to go in the game Reno Pond Hockey tied the game. Reno Pond Hockey controlled the puck after an offensive zone faceoff. #28 Zac Seidemann got the puck to #25 Ethan Crisp. Ethan took a shot. The rebound came into the slot. #19 Brent Cordell put the puck into the back of the net. The game was tied at 2-2.
The Guardians would score to take the lead again just over a minute later. It was another breakaway goal. It came from a player who was subbing on their team as well. in the last two minutes Reno Pond Hockey got a soft penalty called. Despite that they had two chances that were almost goals. The final score was a 2-3 loss.
Reno Pond Hockey had plenty of chances to start off the game but couldn’t find the back of the net. If any other goalie was in net Reno Pond Hockey would have had three or four goals in the first period. The Guardians goalie had an amazing game. He won it for his team. The no goal call definitely busted The Guardians, and the penalty call in the last two minutes of the game, pretty much sealed the deal for them. From what I was told after the game as well most of their players were subs for this game. Most of the calls didn’t go our way. Games like that are going to happen. Reno Pond Hockey did a lot right right in this game. They had a lot of shots. They had players in front of the net. They had a lot of zone time. Honestly Reno Pond Hockey outplayed The Guardians for majority of the game. The Guardians didn’t even win as a team. They played really selfish hockey. They yelled at each other a lot. Their game winning goal come from someone who wasn’t even on their team. Games like this suck but are going to happen. Close games are going to happen. I would take a 2-3 loss over a 1-6 loss any day.
The first goal was scored by #19 Brent Cordell. It was assisted by #36 Brandon Angues. The second goal was scored by #19 Brent Cordell. It was assisted by #25 Ethan Crisp and #28 Zac Seidemann.
Goals – #19 Brent Cordell (2)
Assists – #36 Brandon Angues, #25 Ethan Crisp, #28 Zac Seidemann
Stats were not published on the league website
These are the final standings for D-League this season. Reno Pond Hockey has come in second place. This is the second season they have won 6 games. This is the second season where they will make the playoffs. Second place is the highest they have ever finished in the regular season. This is a huge accomplishment and big turn around after going 0-11 last season.
Reno Pond Hockey is in the playoffs. They will be playing Mid-Ice Crisis again on August 17th in the Reno Ice Adult League Summer 2022 D-League Playoff Semi-finals. Playoff merchandise is now available in the Zac Electrifly Shop.
Reno Pond Hockey vs Mid-Ice Crisis | RIAL Playoffs
Location: Reno Ice