Reno Pond Hockey played Mid-Ice Crisis for the last game of the RIAL D-League Winter 2022/23 regular season. The game took place on Wednesday, March, 1st, 2023 at 9:15PM. The game was at Reno Ice.
Reno Pond Hockey was coming off a 5-1 victory over The Guardians. Reno Pond Hockey had a record of 8-1-0. They were on an eight-game winning streak. Mid-Ice Crisis was coming off a 4-2 win over The Guardians. They had a record of 6-3-0. They were going to stay in 3rd place in the standings no matter what the result is of this game.Reno Pond Hockey’s all-time record against Mid-Ice Crisis was 3-1-0. The last game between Reno Pond Hockey and Mid-Ice Crisis was on February, 11th, 2023. Reno Pond Hockey won that game 5-4.
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Mid-Ice Crisis scored the games opening goal 5′ minutes into the first period. The Mid-Ice Crisis player got around his defender, made a move on the goalie, and scored. Reno Pond Hockey would tie the game with 6′ minutes left in the first period. #9 Tristan McKnight got the puck to #23 Joshua Schaap who was on his way to the net. His shot was blocked by the goalie. #96 Robbie Janas, got to the puck and tapped it home. The score would be tied at 1-1 after the first period.
Around halfway through the second period, Reno Pond Hockey took the lead. #96 Robbie Janas got the puck on a turnover. He would put on the breaks and get around his defender. With traffic in front of the net, he shot the puck right past the goalie’s glove.
With two minutes left in the second period, Mid-Ice Crisis would score on the powerplay. A shot from the point was saved. But the rebound was put in. The score was tied at 2-2 going into the third period. Neither team would score in the third period and the game would go to a best-of-three shootout.
#9 Tristan McKnight would score on the first attempt for Reno Pond Hockey. Mid-Ice Crisis would score on their first attempt but the goal was called off. The reason for this is that the player didn’t keep a forward motion. #23 Joshua Schaap would score on the second attempt for Reno Pond Hockey. Mid-Ice Crisis would score on their second attempt. #96 Robbie Janas would score on the third attempt for Reno Pond Hockey to win the shootout 3 to 1.
The game would end in a 3-2 Reno Pond Hockey Shootout Victory.
Despite the game having no effect on the standings or the playoffs, both teams played hard. There were a lot of penalties. There was a lot of physical play. Neither team wanted to give up an inch of ice. The goaltending on both sides kept their teams in it. Games that come down to shootouts are nerve-racking. Reno Pond Hockey is fortunate enough to be have guys on the team who do really well in one-on-one situations with goalies. This is another come from behind win for Reno Pond Hockey. Once again they are just finding ways to win.
This was Reno Pond Hockey’s ninth win in a row. That extends their all-time longest winning streak. This is their second shootout win this season. This is their third all time shootout win. Reno Pond Hockey never has lost a game in a shootout. This is also the fifth game in a row where #40 Justin Farmer has allowed two or fewer goals. Reno Pond Hockey isn’t just on fire right now they are an inferno.
Reno Pond Hockey’s first goal was scored by #96 Robbie Janas. It was assisted by #23 Joshua Schaap and #9 Tristan McKnight. The second goal was scored by #96 Robbie Janas. It was unassisted.
#9 Tristan McKnight, #23 Joshua Schaap, and #96 Robbie Janas scored in the shootout.
Goals – #96 Robbie Janas (2)
Assists – #9 Tristan McKnight, #23 Joshua Schaap
This may be the first game this season where #9 Tristan McKnight did not score.
Stats were not published on the league website
Reno Pond Hockey are the RIAL Winter 2022/23 D-League regular season champions.
Here are the final regular season standings for the D-League:
Reno Pond Hockey is the number one seed in the playoffs. They will play the number four seed, Jurassic Pucks on Monday, March 6th, 2023 at 9:15pm. This is the first of two RIAL Winter 2022/23 D-League Playoff Semifinal matches. If Reno Pond Hockey wins they will be back in the RIAL Winter 2022/23 D-League Playoff Championship game. If they make it back it will be back to back appearances for Reno Pond Hockey in the championship game. It will also be their second championship game in five seasons.
Reno Pond Hockey vs Jurassic Pucks | RIAL Playoffs
Location: Reno Ice