Sockers Look to Close out Tacoma
It will be a quick turnaround for both teams as they will play Game 2 and a possible Game 3 Mini-Game tonight at Pechanga Arena San Diego for the right to advance to meet either the Monterrey Flash or Rio Grande Valley Barracudas. If Game 3 is needed, it will be a 15-minute game immediately following the conclusion of Game 2.
Outlasting a duel between two determined sides, the Sockers received four goals from their back line and won without either of their top two goal scorers finding the net, a hard-earned 6-3 victory over the Tacoma Stars in the Pacific Division round of the Ron Newman Cup playoffs on Friday night at accesso ShoWare Center. Cesar Cerda scored short-handed and at even strength, while Christian Gutierrez and Ray Contreras also netted goals, as San Diego (24-1) extended their winning streak to 22 consecutive matches.
The Sockers, allowing only three goals for the first time since March 24th, finish a perfect 13-0 on the road, and will play at home for the remainder of the Ron Newman Cup playoffs. The two teams will meet again in San Diego on Saturday night, with the possibility of a mini-game to follow if Tacoma wins the 7:00 p.m. match. Boris Pardo made six saves to earn his 22nd victory of the year.
The Sockers won for the first time all year without either Kraig Chiles or Brandon Escoto scoring a goal. Escoto's fourth quarter assist was the only point from the team's top two scorers.
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