GRAVENHURST - The South Muskoka Shield offence kept the Lafroy Wave’s netminder on his toes and probably left him with a few bruises, peppering some 50 shots on net during their game at the centennial centre Sept. 28.
Despite 50 shots, Wave douses Shield.
ANOTHER SAVE. Shield goaltender Christian Vivian keeps a shot out of the goal on Friday night at the Centennial Centre. (Photo by Richard Coburn)
But a first period that saw the Shield short-handed with two game disqualifications left their defence reeling and lifted the Wave to a 6-4 victory.
The Shield came out hot, scoring in the first two minutes of the game when Wade Weisgerber picked up his ninth point and third goal in just his fifth game. With a man off for an early simple holding call, the Wave responded to knot the game at one on the first of five straight power-play goals and ended the first up 3-1.
As the first frame drew to a close, the fisticuffs began and both Cody Cesarz and Brandon Cross of the Shield were handed game misconducts and ejections for instigating and fighting.
Coming out for the second, the Wave took advantage of the open ice space and popped two more early power-play goals for a 5-1 lead. With only a few seconds left in the middle frame, the Wave added on more at full strength to carry a 6-1 lead into the final period.
That’s when the Shield got back on track, opening the third with another quick marker by Weisgerber with only about 20 seconds ticked off. The Shield’s Jake Peterson and Ryan Miller each added one around the 10-minute mark for a 6-4 game.
When all was told, the Shield had pounded 50 shots on net for their four goals, while the Wave only mustered 29 for their six goals.
The loss ends the first month of the season for the Shield with two wins to three losses and a bit of a break before their next match. The Shield won’t be playing again until Oct. 12, when the club hosts Temiscaming at 8 p.m., followed by a road game Oct. 13 to Bracebridge.