White wins again


Date of Game: August 26, 2023

TCHC White

by Dickie Dunn, Staff Writer

Final score TCHC White 12, REDBLACKS 11.

The last ice of August at Jingu was generally well attended with two sets of forwards per team, three D-men for the REDBLACKS, and four D for White. 

White jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on the strength of center man Colucci’s play, setting up Adams for the icebreaker and a solo effort for goal #2 while the REDBLACKS were trying to sort out lines. After a couple of shifts, when they finally got the balance better, the REDBLACKS settled in and things evened out, catching up and eventually taking the lead up 6-5 in large part due to the duo of right-wing #13 Ryan’s buzzing speed and center #12 Hide’s driving play, teaming up for four points on the first four goals. 

But White would not be denied, storming back to take a 9-6 lead, again on team MVP Colucci’s hard play, finding Killer for a goal and getting the 2nd helper on a tap-in by Mikael to pot Chaw’s rebound. Mikael also had a double-doink from point blank hit the left post, then the right and out. Ian and Shu also picked up a couple of goals and helpers for White.

But undaunted, the REDBLACKS found a way to get back in, chipping away at White’s lead. Gritty and Ryan teamed up for a breakaway, with Ryan getting loose and firing a slot-high glove side, but Eisuke’s quick glove robbed him for what ended up being the save of the night. Gritty also found himself all alone after forcing a turnover and pushing it through the last D-man, but the mitts failed him as he pushed the puck harmlessly into Tatsu’s pad. Koby was all over the ice for the REDBLACKS despite being one of only three D-guys adding two goals of his own.

Eventually, Hide and Ryan combined for all of the REDBLACKS’ last five goals, but the dagger was provided by Chaw with a tap in from the left post into a yawning cage after the initial save was made on a shot from, who else? Colucci. Gotta tighten up back there, D!

See you next time!

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Tonight’s CELLIANT® MVP award goes to Team White's #27 C. Colucci with 3 goals and 3 assists.