This was the biggest upset in the history of hockey. No make that the biggest upset in the history of sport. I never saw a cockier bunch of players than bunch of delinquents from Buffalo. After that lopsided win on Saturday morning they thought we were just a small bump in the road on the way to the finals. Little did they know we had a plan. Neutralize their one stud player and it's a new ballgame.
So the plan called for Caitlin and Genevieve to shadow #66 while our stable of fleet footed stallions take over. And it worked like a charm. The stud with the big shot never got a good shot on net because every time she wound up to let loose a cannon, someone was there to strip the puck away. All you heard was the WIFF sound every time she swung at air.
But seriously this was monumental team effort. This was bigger to the Super Bowl - well at least to us. In fact we struck first early in the first period when Gabby banged in a puck off a feed from Genevieve. We jumped into a 2-0 lead in the middle of the second period when Caitlin took time out from her shadowing duties to break down the wing and fire a wrist shot just under the crossbar. The Regals did get one later that period to keep the game close but they couldn't get another one. Maybe they should think about tossing out some of those chips they carry on their shoulders and play some real hockey. Five penalties in the third period pretty much took them out of the game. The final score was 3-1 with an empty net goal by Paitra with just 31 seconds left.
It was like the famous Mohammad Ali "rope-a-dope" move against George Foreman in the famous Rumble in the Jungle fight. Let the opponent get over confident and then knock them out with the guard down. The looks on those dejected faces brought a tear to my eye.