Spiders vs. Gold Rush vs. Spiders vs...
April 12, 2022
The first playoff matchup of the winter season was a very familiar opponent.
About the only thing closer would be a game against the old Ice Sages. Or the former C2 Spiders.
The Spider bench hit its peak for the playoffs, at 10 skaters, a familiar look to the Spiders’ 2013–14 post-season appearance.
While the Spiders started the scoring early, Farner from O’Connor and Vandenberghe, Dave Sommerness didn’t wreak havoc in the Spider crease or prevent sub goalie Kristel Carlson from playing the puck during the scrum, tying the game (for the Gold Rush).
In the second, the newly reuinted Rhine Line reclaimed the lead for the Spiders, Ronneberg from Grotbeck and Schroeder. Continuing the theme of the night, Mike Mettee tied it again (for the Gold Rush) on a breakaway.
An obligatory penalty from Chris O’Connor in the third was all the Spiders would see of the scoresheet the rest of the game. With 6:57 remaining, Shawn Flake sniped from the right circle off a Rush rush. And that’s where the score would end, 3–2 Gold Rush.
The Gold Rush also edged the Spiders in shots, 28 for the Gold Rush and 22 by the Spiders on Gold Rush sub goalie Kyle O’Connor.
Next up in the playoff slate, the Spiders face off against the Fighting Walleye for the second time this season, despite a 1–1 record ... the first being the first-ever Spider forfeit in January. Lifetime against the Fighting Walleye, the Spiders are now 1–2*, with the first matchup in the playoffs last March, where the Walleye went on to win the C3 hardware.
|Fighting Loons (10)||1||1||0||0||0||2||42||46||6||4||4||+2|
|Gold Rush (5)||1||1||0||0||0||2||28||22||3||2||4||+1|
|Fighting Walleye (8)||1||0||0||1||0||1||37||35||2||2||2||±0|
|Kan Jammers (9)||1||0||1||0||0||0||28||41||1||3||0||−2|
|Arctic Wolves (7)||1||0||1||0||0||0||19||47||0||4||14||−4|
Elsewhere in the C3 round-robin games:
First-overall seed Bulls tied the Fighting Walley 2–2.
Second-overall seed Spartans of course shut out the Arctic Wolves 4-zip, in a game that featured a 47–19 shot imbalance, and C3’s only major penalty of the first round.
The third-seeded Saints were upset by the 10th seed Fighting Loons 6–4.
And the fourth-seed Royals knocked off the Kan Jammers 3–1.
The C3 playoffs resume on Friday night. Spiders/Fighting Walleye puck drop is 8:40 p.m. at Braemar S.
For details, see the box score and game summary.