Trinity turns the heat on against Bucs
|On Sunday, the Trinity Tigers traveled to Georgetown on the coldest day of the year ( at game time temperatures were hovering around the freezing mark) and turned the heat on against the Bucs in a one sided victory.
Trinity came out ready to play and scored two quick goals in the first couple of minutes before SU even woke up. By midway through the second quarter, Trinity had built a 7-0 lead before first year middie, Dave Winters picked up a rebound in front of the Trinity crease and made a perfect bounce shot in the top left part of the net for his first career goal.
By half-time it was 7 - 2 as SU was slowly beginning to warm-up. Unfortunately SU had too much of a deficit to overcome, and the many penalties in the second half did not help their cause.
When it was all over, Trinity walked away with revenge from last years loss in SA by a score of 12 - 6.
The Bucs played good transition defense at times, something that has been absent from the team for a couple of years because of a limited number of players.
With such a young team, SU did have a chance to make it a closer game than it was. In the third quarter, Trinity was hit early on with a non-releasable penalty on top of a personal foul. With the score at 7-3 SU had a chance to make a run. While several shots were taken, none were on cage (although one did hit it).
SU was unable to capitalize and almost immediately gave up a goal on an ensuing man-down to stop any momentum that might have been forming.
Ehrlich played a good game in goal in the second half. Still a rookie, Ehrlich made some costly mistakes that cost the team early on. An exceptional athlete, Ehrlich has developed a nose for leaving the crease, sometimes in situations when it is not advisable. Trinity capitalized early on when Ehrlich got caught out of the goal and scored an empty netter. Practice and experience will show Ehrlich how and when to leave the crease to help the team.
In fact, at one point, Ehrlich received a penalty, forcing Thompson to play goal. Thompson stopped 5 of 6 shots taken at him before Trinity finally scored on the defenseman.
Six different scorers were registered n the books for the game. Along with Winters, Frank Makal, who has been getting better each week since playing his first game three games ago, caught a fast break pass on the crease and placed a great shot by the goalie for his first career goal.
Banzhaf, Gainey, Biermacher, and Caldwell all scored a goal as well.
The Bucs had practiced an offense that would have worked, but were unable to maintain possession and poise to give it more than a fleeting try. The few times we did manage to set it up, it worked. The second half face-off belonged to Stein, who has turned into an exceptional face-off man. Unfortunately the team was not able to take advantage of the initial ball control.
With a long break for Spring Break upon us, the guys should have plenty of time to rest, heal, and hopefully practice a little before returning for the final four game stretch. The first game back starts with A game against much improved SWT in San Marcos. The Bucs are hoping to get back on the winning track against the Bobcats as they head into their final two games at home for the season.