Battle of FHL's Newest Teams Has Familiar Result, Enforcers Win 8th Straight
The Enforcers came out with something to prove after going to overtime the last time these two teams met. Ahmed Mahfouz and Kyle Stevens wasted no time connecting as Mahfouz followed Stevens into the zone picked up the puck and put it behind starting goalie John Sellie-Hanson. Sellie-Hanson's night didn't get any easier as the Enforcers got a power play and as Stepan Timofeyev bore down on him the puck was knocked away, however it landed right on the stick of Mitch Atkins who buried the goal for the Enforcers to make it 2-0. The Ice Breakers wasted no time in replacing Sellie-Hanson with former Enforcer Derek Moser and it did seem to stop the bleeding initially, but with :14 left in the first period Timofeyev rushed in again and passed the puck over to Kyle Stevens who buried it as Timofeyev was bowled into the net.
The second period saw a revitalization of the team from Mentor as they peppered Troy Passingham with shot after shot, but the next goal would still belong to the Enforcers as Dmytro Babenko buried a Timofeyev set up to put the Enforcers up 4-0. The incessant shooting would pay off however as the Ice Breakers finally put one past Passingham on the power play off a side to side pass that allowed Nathan Farrington to bring the Ice Breakers back within 3. The end of the second period saw a lot of verbal altercation as fans looked ahead to the third period.
The third period began with the Enforcers down a man which led to Declan Conway scoring the second goal for the Ice Breakers on the power play just 98 seconds into the period. The rest of the period would be back and forth with physicality including a physical altercation between Dmytro Babenko and Patrick Porkka. The Enforcers closed out all doubt with an Ondrej Gabrhelik goal at 14:48 off a pass from Mahfouz to end it.
The Enforcers have now won 8 straight games and will face off once again with the Ice Breakers tomorrow night at 7:05 at First Arena. Tickets are still available at 607-734-PUCK!
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