Reno Pond Hockey played Mid-Ice Crisis in their last game. It was RIAL Summer 2022 D-League Playoff Semi-Final. The game took place on Wednesday August, 17th, 2022 at 10:45PM. The game was at Reno Ice.
Reno Pond Hockey was coming off of a 2-3 loss to The Guardians. Reno Pond Hockey finished the regular season 6-4-0. Reno Pond Hockey won 2nd place in the regular season standings. Reno Pond Hockey is the number 2 seed in the D-League Playoffs. Mid-Ice Crisis were coming off of a 1-8 loss against the Slappy Gilmores. Mid-Ice Crisis lost back to back games to end the regular season. Mid-Ice Crisis finished the regular season 5-4-1. Mid-Ice Crisis won 3rd place in the regular season standings. The all time record between Reno Pond Hockey and Mid-Ice Crisis was 2-1-0. Reno Pond Hockey last played Mid-Ice Crisis on August 3rd, 2022. That game ended in a 5-1 Reno Pond Hockey victory.
Reno Pond Hockey had an all time RIAL Playoff record of 0-1-0. Their last playoff game was on December 17, 2021. That game ended in a 2-3 loss to the Murder Hornets.
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Just over a minute into the game Mid-Ice Crisis would score the games opening goal. Reno Pond Hockeys goalie came out to play the puck. He was able to stop the attacking player from getting the puck. The puck was loose. Mid-Ice Crisis to the puck first and pretty much had an open net to score on. Just over a minute later they made it 2-0. The initial shot went behind the net. It bounced off the boards and went to the side of the net. Mid-Ice Crisis got the puck and scored.
Reno Pond Hockey would score with just under 11 minutes to go in the first period. Mid-Ice Crisis was trying to enter the attacking zone. They lost control of the puck. #29 Erich Schulz passed the puck up to #84 Josh Steward who took the puck down the wing and scored.
The first period ended with Mid-Ice Crisis having a 1-2 lead.
Reno Pond Hockey would tie the game up two minutes into the second period. #36 Brandon Angues took the puck towards the net in the attacking zone. He left a drop pass for #19 Brent Cordell. Cordell would shoot and score.
Around 10 minutes to go in the second period Reno Pond Hockey would take the lead. Mid-Ice Crisis goalie would come out to play the puck. #2 Brad Ferrer would get to the puck first. He backhanded the puck into the net before the goalie could get back.
Around 6 minutes and 30 seconds to go in the second period, Reno Pond Hockey was trying to get the puck out of their defensive zone. Mid-Ice Crisis blocked the pass from leaving the zone and controlled the puck. Mid-Ice Crisis attempted to pass the puck to the defender and it went out of the zone. The puck went all the way back to Mid-Ice Crisis goal line and icing was called. Reno Pond Hockey didn’t touch the puck and icing was called. The officials didn’t listen to anyone telling them it was a pass from Mid-Ice Crisis. There was even an official 20 feet away. On the next play Mid-Ice Crisis would tie the game. Mid-Ice Crisis won the faceoff, controlled the puck and were able to score.
After that play one of the Mid-Ice Crisis players left the game. With Around 3 minutes and 30 seconds to go Reno Pond Hockey would retake the lead. The won the offensive zone faceoff. #55 Derek Cordell took a shot from the point. It hit #12 Darell Ward. The puck landed in front of his stick and he put it in.
The score was 4-3 going into the third period.
With 2 minutes and 36 seconds left in the game, Mid_Ice Crisis took a penalty for hooking. That player would be ejected and took an additional penalty For not getting in the penalty box and arguing with the official for a good few minutes. The officiating crew then gathered and discussed what was going on. In the end it came out to a 5 on 3 for pretty much the remainder of the game. 40 seconds or so into the powerplay Reno Pond Hockey would score. #28 Zac Seidemann with pass the puck down the middle in the neutral zone to #72 Mitch Costa. Mitch would head towards the net, shoot and score.
About 30 seconds later Reno Pond Hockey would head into the offensive zone again. Mid-Ice Crisis was blocked trying to get the puck out of their zone. #4 Josh Lee would recover the puck and would pass it along the boards to #28 Zac Seidemann. Zac Shot the puck from the goal line and scored.
The final score was 6-3 Reno Pond Hockey.
Reno Pond Hockey had a rough start but was able to fight their way back. If Mid-Ice Crisis didn’t take a penalty at the end of the game they might have been able to pull their goalie and had a chance to tie the game. Five of their six goals came on the rush. That is a little bit odd for Reno Pond hockey. Most of their goals this season have been a result of extended offensive zone time. Other then that they played with a lot of energy. They were winning puck battles. They were taking more shots. They were getting rebounds. They never got discouraged. After going down by two early the attitude wasn’t negative. The attitude the whole game was get one more goal. Now a team that went 0-11-0 last season is in the Championship.
The first goal was scored by #84 Josh Steward. It was assisted by #29 Erich Schulz. Goal number two was scored by #19 Brent Cordell. It was assisted by #36 Brandon Angues. The third goal was by #2 Brad Ferrer. It was unassisted. The fourth goal was scored by #12 Darell Ward. It was assisted by #55 Derek Cordell. The fifth goal was scored by #72 Mitch Costa. It was assisted by #28 Zac Seidemann. The sixth goal was scored by #28 Zac Seidemann. It was assisted by #4 Josh Lee.
Goals – #84 Josh Steward, #19 Brent Cordell, #2 Brad Ferrer, #12 Darell Ward, #72 Mitch Costa, #28 Zac Seidemann
Assists – #29 Erich Schulz, #36 Brandon Angues, #55 Derek Cordell, #28 Zac Seidemann, #4 Josh Lee
Stats were not published on the league website
Reno Pond Hockey has advanced to the championship. They will be playing Slappy Gilmores on August 20th at 2:15pm in the Reno Ice Adult League Summer 2022 D-League Playoff Championship. Playoff merchandise is still available in the Zac Electrifly Shop.
Reno Pond Hockey vs Slappy Gilmores | RIAL Playoffs
Location: Reno Ice