In one of those scheduling coincidences, both games were not only against the Worcester Sharks, but both at the DCU Center in Worcester.
The good news was that the Falcons had played the Sharks tough all year and had won two of the previous three games played in Worcester. Wednesday's game proved to be all Worcester. The pesky Falcons battled back after giving up two early goals to cut the deficit to one but made a critical mental error leading to a Worcester goal with seven seconds left on the clock in the first period. Worcester embraced this 3-1 lead and took control from there. The final is 6-2 but Ramo plays very well in goal until being relieved with seven minutes to go in the game.
A few days to lick their wounds and the local team returns to battle the Sharks again on Sunday. A couple days of working out some kinks in practice can sometimes make a difference and it did for the Falcons.
A seesaw battle for sixty minutes and a five minute OT cannot settle the score, so the game goes to the shootout. Ramo plays very well and saves his best saves for the OT and the shootout...stops all eight shooters in the exciting showdown and Corso scores the only goal for the Falcons to steal a win on the road.
I liked the way we played on Sunday...with some passion, a little more poise than we have shown to date, and doing the little things for sixty five minutes that make a difference. The club still has a long way to go in the area of improvement, but for this one day, this week, they got the job done.
A full week of practice and then back at it at the Mass Mutual Center against Portland on the 9th and Providence on the 10th. The rivalry with the Wolfpack will continue on Sunday with a game in Hartford. Hope to see you there.
.Until next week, Coach Stirling