Enforcers Freeze Ice Breakers, 5-2
The Enforcers came into another three game in three night weekend hoping to start things off on the right foot as they would reverse last weeks schedule and play two games out of town before returning to First Arena. Elmira took home 6 of a possible 9 points against the Wolves last weekend and now facing the Mentor Ice Breakers, the Eastern Divisions 4th place team, for their only two games in Mentor this season, as well as the first time these two teams had met a;l year, setting the tone was imperative.
In the early going the Enforcers did everything right pouring on the attack on the Ice Breakers and firing puck after puck at net minder Frankie McClendon, but Mentor scored first as Henry Berger took a cross crease pass from Steven Fowler and put it behind a sprawled out Joe Young to give the Ice Breakers a 1-0 lead. Elmira continued to dominate the shot clock, but McClendon kept them at bay until Hudson Michaelis found a rebound off a Tyler Gjurich shot and shoved it behind the Mentor goaltender to tie the game up at one.
Though videos of Herb Brooks' famous Miracle on Ice Speech continued to play throughout the game Elmira came out in the second looking to dash hopes and jumped on the Ice Breakers 1:06 into the middle period as Andrew Harrison deflected a Stepan Timofeyev pass into the net to give the Enforcers the lead to 2-1. It took just 2:59 for Elmira to add to the lead as Gjurich slapped another goal past McClendon on a perfect pass from Michaelis. Isaiah Crawford found one more for Mentor just before the midpoint of the period and the score would settle there going to the final period.
Throughout the season we have seen the Enforcers take a more defensive approach to third periods just trying to hold onto the lead. This was not the case tonight. Elmira pushed the play throughout the game and earned themselves a power play in period three and Mr Special Teams Tyler Gjurich scored another one giving him his second goal of the night on another set up from Stepan Timofeyev. The Ice Breakers continued to try to battle back, but a Dale Deon slapper from the slot sealed their fate on this night as the Enforcers took home the 5-2 win.
Joe Young stopped 21 of 23 in the win.
These two teams meet for the second time this season tomorrow night as Elmira looks to sweep the first of three weekend series against Mentor. Tune in live on Mixlr.com or Youtube.com to hear Jon Kliment on the call and don't forget the Enforcers are back at home Sunday at 4:05 pm against the Delaware Thunder! Get your tickets now!