Gold Kings Lose, 3-2
Tacoma, WA -David Goverde stopped 34 of 36 shots as the Tacoma Sabercats edged the Colorado Gold Kings 3-2 in Game Two of the Taylor Cup playoffs Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome.
Similar to last night, the Gold Kings struck early in the first period, as Zac Boyer sent a wrist shot past a screened Goverde only 1:29 into the game in a power play situation. But unlike Game One, the Sabercats immediately responded, as Francois Sasseville whipped a wrist shot that beat Colorado goaltender Kirk Daubenspeck five-hole at 11:23.
Clayton Read gave Tacoma its first lead of the series on a deflection nine minutes into the second period, but R.J. Enga tied the contest shortly thereafter by slamming home a loose puck in front of Goverde, who had just turned aside a breakaway attempt by Cam Kryway. The eventual game-winner came with the Sabercats on a two-man advantage late in the period. Dampy Brar buried a loose puck in front of Daubenspeck at 19:26 and Tacoma had regained the lead at 3-2 heading into the final 20 minutes. The Gold Kings had some gorgeous chances in the third, including six shots on a power play early in the period, but Goverde, the 2000 Taylor Cup playoff MVP, held on to record his 25th postseason victory. Colorado's four-game winning streak under the Dome ended and the club lost for only the second time in its last eight meetings with the Sabercats.
With the best-of-five series now knotted at one game apiece, the Gold Kings and Sabercats head back to the Colorado Springs World Arena for Game Three Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Jack Michaels calls the play-by-play for Colorado's games, all of which are broadcast live on KKCS-AM Hot Talk 1460.
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