Pumas Grind Out Solid Win In PASL Indoor Action
BREMERTON, Wash. - The Kitsap Pumas overcame a tough California Cougars side by the score of 11-8 to win its third straight game in the PASL-Pro League.
"It was a physical game," head coach Dustyn Brim said. "They lost three in a row, so they came up to prove a point."
Both sides started slowly as they couldn't come up with any offensive consistency. Kellen Wantulok scored the only goal of the first quarter when California went a man down on a blue card.
Taylor Hyde and Wantulok scored early in the second period to give Kitsap a cushion. Chris Handsor scored and assisted on another one, but Greg Miley scored a power-play goal and Matt Friesen scored to put the Pumas up by three at halftime.
The Cougars came out fired up in the third, as Jorge Martinez, Uriel Robeldo and Tovar all scored to tie the game.
Kitsap also had a goal disallowed when California coach Antonio Sutton called sudden timeout.
"It was awful," Brim said. "It was just a mental letdown - quick turnover, boom it's a goal. Not stepping into a guy - boom its a goal.
"In the indoor game, the goals come in bunches, (but) once that little swell passed, we said let's not keep the ball on the floor, possess, finish our opportunities" Brim continued. "You have to dominate from white line to white line."
Miley broke the deadlock when he connected on a score off an assist from Wantulok.
Mark Conrad scored off a deflection to open the fourth quarter, but after a blue card was awarded to Kitsap, Omar Martinez scored to close the gap to one.
Friesen responded with his second goal of the night and Miley followed up with another power-play goal minutes later. Kyle Johnson added to the total with yet another power-play.
California scored a goal, then pulled its goalkeeper to insert Nelson Santana as an extra attacker, but they couldn't break Kitsap's defensive wall.
"We didn't back down," Miley said. "We just stuck with it. I think we really handled it well."
Conrad scored with an open net to round out the Kitsap scoring with seconds left.
The Pumas travel to Snohomish tomorrow night for a match with the Skyhawks, then head to Wenatchee Dec. 18 before going on the annual PASL Holiday Break.
The side then returns to PASL-Pro action Jan. 9 to host the Tacoma Stars in Bremerton. Match time is at 5:05 p.m.
Tickets are available through the OSSC website, the Pumas front office or at www.brownpapertickets.com.
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