Eagles Down Blazers 4-3 in Shootout
LOVELAND, CO- The Colorado Eagles defeated the Oklahoma City Blazers 4-3 in a shootout Saturday night for their fifth straight victory. The team only had 12 skaters on the ice and were led by a player that was not even in attendance, Ryan Tobler, whose father passed away Saturday morning. It was evident that the Eagles did not want to let the game slip away and Brad Williamson earned the game winning goal in the shootout to cap the Eagles second win in as many nights over the Blazers. Paulo Colaiacovo saved 40 shots for his league-leading 23rd victory of the season and captain Greg Pankewicz recorded his 500th career assist. Blazers' forward Marty Standish scored two goals for the visiting team who are now 14 points behind the Eagles in the Northwest Division.
The teams nearly played a scoreless first period but Sean Robertson unknotted the tie at the 18:43 mark on a slapshot from the left circle.
He was assisted by Lee Arnold and Brad Williamson. The Eagles out shot the Blazers 16-12 in the period and took the 1-0 lead into the
Only 55 seconds into the second period, Nick Parillo gave Colorado a 2-0 lead on when he threw a shallow-angled shot on net over the
shoulder of Blazers' goaltender Sean Connors. Michel Beausoleil cut Colorado's lead to 2-1 with one minute remaining when he beat
Colaiacovo with a slapshot. Both teams were 0-3 on the power play after two periods and the Blazers held a short lead on the shot chart
In the final period, the Eagles again took a two-goal lead when Greg Pankewicz fed Garrett Larson as he was streaking down the slot and
Larson tipped it in past Connors. The assist was a milestone for Pankewicz, his 500th career assist as a pro. The Blazers battled back on
consecutive goals from Marty Standish. The first at the 6:28 mark of the period and the second at the 8:33 mark. The teams closed out
the third on tired legs.
Neither team was able to score in the overtime, and Eagles goaltender Paulo Colaiacovo saved the game when he blocked a shot by Tim
Earl who skated in alone and Colaiacovo stacked the pads forcing the game into a shootout.
Brad Williamson scored on the Eagles first attempt of the shootout and that would be all the home team needed. Colaiacovo stopped all
five of the Blazers' attempts for his league-leading 23rd win of the season.
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