The Reno Ice Adult League Summer 2022 season is now behind us. The Reno Ice Adult League Fall 2022 season is starting this week. It’s time for a review of Reno Pond Hockey’s fourth season in the Reno Ice Adult League. It was eventful. It was a solid follow up to Reno Pond Hockeys Spring 2022 season.
Leading up to the Reno Ice Adult League Summer 2022 season Reno Pond Hockey went 0-11-0 during the RIAL B-League Spring 2022 season. It was a tough season for the team. After a long off-season, they struggled to find a way to win. During that season there were a few times they came close to winning. There were also a few times when they not even close to winning. They played their best. They kept it competitive for the most part. At the end of the season they were just ready to move forward.
The off-season between the RIAL Spring 2022 season and the RIAL Summer 2022 season was pretty short. Reno Pond Hockey started the off-season by losing six of their players including their top two goal scorers. At the end of the season, there was a joke about Reno Pond Hockey going through a rebuild. Losing six players kind of turned that joke into a reality. During the off-season, Reno Pond Hockey added nine free agents.
The League also restructured for the Summer 2022 season. Reno Pond Hockey had dropped from B League down to D League. Reno Pond Hockey didn’t have any control over what league they landed in. With the drop Reno Pond Hockey had high hopes for the upcoming season.
Reno Pond Hockey didn’t get off to the best start for the RIAL D-League Summer 2022 season. They dropped their first game 0-4 to the Slappy Gilmores. They started the season 0-1-0.
Reno Pond Hockey had a huge bounce-back win for game two. They beat the Dough Boys 3-2 to get their first win of the season. It was a solid team win with a lot of action towards the end of the game. It was a big accomplishment for Reno Pond Hockey. It was their first win since December of 2021. It snapped a 15-game losing streak. It gave the team a lot of momentum that they carried for the rest of the season.
In game three Reno Pond Hockey took on the Grrrowlers. Reno Pond Hockey made it back-to-back wins with a 6-3 victory over the Grrrowlers. The game was tied at 3-3 and Reno Pond Hockey took their game to another level. There wasn’t a lot of selfish play. It was a good team effort.
Reno Pond Hockey played Mid-Ice Crisis for game four. Reno Pond Hockey lost 8-3. This game came down to it being the fourth of July weekend and struggling to get players to show up. So Reno Pond Hockey was 2-2-0 after three games.
In game five Reno Pond Hockey played The Guardians. Going into this game Reno Pond Hockey was looking to get back to winning. They won the game 6-1. #35 Clint McCoy had an amazing game in net. This is the first game that he should have gotten a shutout this season.
Halfway through the season, Reno Pond Hockey was tied for third place in D League. They were in a playoff position. They were one point from second place. They were six points away from first place.
Game six was a rematch with Slappy Gilmores. Reno Pond Hockey lost to Slappy Gilmores 1-6. Reno Pond Hockey struggled in this game. They spent a lot of time in their own zone. They struggled to break out. The moment Reno Pond Hockey got off the ice they left this game behind them.
Game seven was Reno Pond Hockey vs Dough Boys. Reno Pond Hockey need a bounce back and they did it. Reno Pond Hockey beat the Dough Boys 6-1. They scored first. They put the heat on. They didn’t let off the gas. This was another game where they should have gotten a shutout but wasn’t able to.
Reno Pond Hockey played the Grrrowlers for game eight. Reno Pond Hockey beat the Grrrowlers 6-2. Reno Pond Hockey established their game early on. They were comfortable playing with a lead. They didn’t stray too far away from how they wanted to play. They had control over the game and didn’t give it up.
Reno Pond Hockey took on Mid-Ice Crisis for game nine. Reno Pond Hockey was out for revenge after their 8-3 loss. Reno Pond Hockey beat Mid-Ice Crisis 5-1. This was another game that was a strong team effort. #35 Clint McCoy was spectacular in the net again. We should have gotten him a shutout. This win put Reno Pond Hockey in a three game winning streak. This win also secured Reno Pond Hockeys playoff spot. This was the first time since fall of 2021 that Reno Pond Hockey qualified for the playoffs. This win also secured second place for Reno Pond Hockey.
Reno Pond Hockey went into game ten the playoffs were pretty much set. Reno Pond Hockey was just trying to finish the season off strong. They wanted to head into the playoffs with as much momentum as they could. They played The Guardians for game ten. Reno Pond Hockey lost the last game of the regular season 2-3. Calls weren’t going Reno Pond Hockey’s way. They had plenty of chances but couldn’t find the net. Sometimes games like that just happens. Reno Pond Hockey pretty much did everything right but didn’t get the win.
In the RIAL D-League Summer 2022 Playoff Semi-Finals, Reno Pond Hockey took on Mid-Ice Crisis. Reno Pond Hockey won the game 6-3. Reno Pond Hockey had a rough start to the game. Reno Pond Hockey was down 0-2 early in the first period. Reno Pond Hockey ended up with a one-goal lead late in the game When Mid-Ice Crisis took some penalties. Reno Pond Hockey would score twice on the powerplay to punch their ticket to the championship.
Reno Pond Hockey played Slappy Gilmores in the RIAL D League Summer 2022 Playoff Championship. Reno Pond Hockey lost the championship game 5-1. Reno Pond Hockey fought for it. They tried their best it just wasn’t enough. They will be back. The future looks hopeful. Ultimately Reno Pond Hockey had a great comeback season.
Here is how Reno Pond Hockey did this season against each team:
Here are Reno Pond Hockey’s goals, points, and assist leaders:
#19 Brent Cordell, #55 Derek Cordell, and #5 Brad Ferrer made huge impacts in their first seasons with Reno Pond Hockey.
Here is all the stats from the Summer 2022 season for all of the Reno Pond Hockey players: