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I didn’t have rosters for both teams, the goals announced didn’t use player numbers, and I couldn’t hear the PA anyways, but this was a good game. I wish I could give the players their due credit, but I just have all of the names to match the numbers.
If you took out the physicality and some painted lines, this could have been a pond hockey classic with two teams that skate like the winter winds. Windham came out of the gate hitting everything that moved. They scored first and controlled the first 8-10 minutes of the game. Then Windham put St. Thomas on the power play. The Saints didn’t score but they did get four shots on goal while on the advantage. Less than a minute later St. Thomas tied it.
In the second period play continued at a fast pace. Windham scored the only goal when a Saint defender whiffed on the puck at his blue line and Davin Granaham walked in alone and scored. Windham continued the barrage of hits while the Saints continued their attempts to fly on the offensive.
In the third period the Jaguars carried the play early as it seemed that all of the physical play had taken its effect. The Saints still found some opportunities but could not beat 6’2″ Max Daly in the Jaguar net. Finally, something gave. St. Thomas pulled Chris Eno (22 saves) from their net for the extra attacker. Eventually Matt Crowley skated through a tired human obstacle course on his way to an empty net goal at 14:48 of the final period. Max Daly had 27 saves for Windham.
Windham improved to 7-1 with the victory while St. Thomas dropped to 8-1 after their first loss. The Saints play Goffstown next Wednesday in their next game. Windham plays Keene on Saturday evening.