Icecaps 3 – Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins 1
IceCaps lead best-of-seven conference semi-final series 1-0
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Words by Morgan Murray | Photos by Colin Peddle
In lieu of an ordinary written-in-the-press-box-after-the-game report of the night’s event—thanks to the relocation of the press from the press box to a misleadingly-named party box with a strict five minute post-game curfew—I give you Hocku, a complete hockey game in three haikus.
Shot clock malfunction.
Twenty to four. Not likely.
More like one-nothing Penguins.
Like two fat boxers.
Teams trade icings and offsides.
Feeling the other out.
Break’way Brock Trotter.
And Garth “Vader” score for ‘Caps.
Home team wins. Fans cheer.
My rough estimate of the percentage of fans decked out in white for the white-out, far less than the close to 75 per cent last Friday night when the ‘Caps beat Syracuse in over time to win their first round series.
First period IceCaps shots as reported on the score clock. The shots were 16-3 after 10:00 minutes. My theory is the shot counter guy dozed off with his elbow on the switch and gave the IceCaps ten bonus shots, because they sure as heck didn’t take no 20 shots that period.
The number of scratched Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguin players who climbed like monkeys over the chair I was sitting on and across a partition into their party box, as both media and visiting team scratches were moved from the press box into party boxes. A party box is a high-priced coral with high chairs in which to have a child’s birthday party, comes with complimentary paper plates and napkins for the pizza (pizza not included).
Number of breakaway goals scored by the game’s first star Brock Trotter on breakaways. One in the second period to tie it, one in the third period to put the IceCaps in the lead. One with a backhand deke, one with forehand deke.
Number of regular season games Trotter played with the IceCaps after being traded here mid-season thanks to being hurt the entire time.