Enforcers Sweep Dashers, 5-3

by Jon Kliment

The Enforcers came into Saturday night feeling good riding a 4 game winning streak with every intention of making that a 5 game winning streak. Elmira looked like they had somethingto prove after a one goal victory on Friday night earned them three valuable points and jumped them into second place in the ultra-competitive Eastern Division. Their only trip to Danville looking fruitful through one visit Elmira hoped to make it a feast and take all six points from the Dashers.

As of late the Enforcers have scored within the opening minute of a period several times and Brandon Tucker continued the trend. It took Elmira 19 seconds to bury the first goal of the game as a Tucker came into the zone threw a high shot towards the net and beat Jesse Gordichuk to give the Enforcers a 1-0 lead. Elmira nor Tucker was down there as Brandon added another goal after a perfect pass from Hudson Michaelis found him by the side of the net giving Tucker the empty net to shoot at with 13:25 played in the first to give Elmira a 2-0 lead to take to the locker room.

The second period saw the Enforcers killing their third penalty of the night, but they once again came up with the stop making it 14 kills in a row. The Enforcers got their own chance on the power play and didn’t hold back as Ahmed Mahfouz took a pass from Tyler Gjurich skated to the slot and blasted it by Gordichuk to make it a 3-0 game. Just 24 seconds later Brendan Hussey took a pass from Gino Mini and shot it over the shoulder of Gordichuk making it 4-0, which had Danville thinking goalie change bringing in Harley White. Before White could get settled Brendan Hussey scored again in a similar shot to his first goal giving Elmira a commanding 5-0 lead. The Dashers weren’t going to sit back however as Artem Efimov-Barakov scored at 13:21 to rob Troy Passingham of his shutout bid.

Elmira came out for the third period feeling confident as their 4 goal lead had deflated the energy at David S Palmer Arena and the Enforcers prepared to play a defensive game. However, no one told that to the Dashers. Danville scored 3:52 into the third as Seth Ensor blasted on through traffic past Passingham to close the gap to 5-2. The Dashers continued scrambling and on another power play attempt they finally solved the Enforcers impressive PK as Efimov-Barakov put a rebound home at 10:51. As the period wound down and the Enforcers continued their strong Defensive play the Dashers could not find the back of the net again and the clock struck 0 giving Elmira all 6 points from Danville,IL.

Passingham stopped 43 of 46 in the win.

The Enforcers get right back to it Sunday at 3pm from Port Huron, MI in the rubber match against the Prowlers. Be sure to join us on Mixlr.com and Youtube for the call.