Jokers Win 3-2, Move To 2-0
The Jokers of Doom boosted their young season record to 2-0 with a hard fought 3-2 win over the Hurricanes. The first period ended in a 1-1 tie. After the Hurricanes went ahead 1-0, Paul Bellantuono tied the game with his first goal of the season on a poke in through the 5 hole on a pass thrown toward the middle of the circles. Later in the first, Garrett Salkins picked up a short handed goal after picking off an errant goalie pass and stuffing it in the net to give the Jokers a 2-1 lead. The Hurricanes tied it in the second period and in the third Rich Orsini made a nice keep at the blue line and the ball found Kevin LaPrade to the right of the goalie between the circles and he turned and fired it home to make it 3-2. Backup net-minder Matt Dutily made several key saves including a big stop on a partial breakaway in the 3rd to preserve the victory.
Notes: Dutily got the win (1-0) with 21 saves… Center Josh Berrelli returned after a 1 game absence due to undisclosed “violation of team rules”… Jim Salkins, Mike Bradigo, Bellantuono, and Orsini all anchored the back line with solid defensive play… next game vs Chaos on 12/22.