Rockhoppers Capture First EPHL TitleMarch 28, 2009 - Eastern Professional Hockey League (EPHL)
But for the second straight night, Jersey would answer quickly after giving up a third period goal. Tonight it was Drew Sanders taking an Alex Hager pass and giving the Rockhoppers a lead that they would not relenquish. As both teams peppered the net with shots throughout the third, Brooklyn found themselves with a face-off in the Jersey zone with 1:30 remaining in regulation. The Aces pulled the goalie to gain an extra skater advantage, but it was Jersey that took control of the face-off and Matt Puntureri flipped the puck from his own blue line into the net for the empty-netter to seal the win for the Rockhoppers. "I cannot put into words how proud I am of this team," said Head Coach Brian Gratz. "To battle back from a 1-0 deficit in the series against a team as good as Brooklyn shows how much heart they have. And I have to tip my cap to the Aces for a great series and a great season."
Eastern Professional Hockey League Stories from March 28, 2009
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