Enforcers Take Two of Three, Beat Wolves 5-2

by Jon Kliment

The Enforcers came into Sunday afternoon with a shortened roster due to illness and injury, but knowing they needed these 3 points against the Wolves to keep their grip on the second place spot in the Eastern division. Watertown had pushed the Enforcers in the first two games at First Arena with the series being split 1-1 coming into the rubber match on this matinee. With Troy Passingham out back up goaltender Joe Young would have to start hiss second game in a row.

Young lived up to his nickname as Mighty Joe stopped everything that came his way for the first 40 minutes (which for the record was 40 shots), and the Enforcers went to work on Mike Cosentino. It took 7:49 and several onslaughts, but Hudson Michaelis took a pass from former Wolves forward Tyler Gjurich and put a shot off the pads of Cosentino before chasing down his own rebound and depositing it into the back of the net to give Elmira a 1-0 lead.Though nothing else would break through the Enforcers controlled the pace of the play heading into period number two.

Seven was the lucky number for Elmira through the first two as at 7:39 of the second period Andrew Harrison tipped home a Cameron Yarwood fired shot from the blue line and gave the Enforcers a 2-0 lead. 1:35 later Glen Patterson took a pass from Trent Durocher and slapped the puck into the empty net as Cosentino had over committed and with the score 3-0. This would be the last shot Cosentino faced as the Wolves brought Jeremy Pominville in an attempt to stop the bleeding. 

The Enforcers newest 1-2 punch of Zach Pease and Mark Essery connected again this weekend to give Elmira a 4-0 lead at 5:37 of the third period and putting one behind Pominville. The Wolves responded with two goals of their own finally breaking Joe Young's shutout bid. However, an empty net goal from Hudson Michaelis from 150 feet away secured the Enforcers win and Elmira's grip on second place in the Eastern Division held strong. 

The Enforcers are set to take on the Mentor Ice Breakers February 21st and 22nd before returning to First Arena Sunday February 23rd to take on the Delaware Thunder. Elmira is looking to boost themselves up the standings. Get your tickets early by calling 607-734-7825 or by logging onto Tickets.com!