The Fight For First
The first ever team of playoff-bound [Ko-Metru Seers] began their quest for the top spot in the [Dume] Conference in a big way against the rival [Ta-Metru Torches] on Friday night, knocking six combined past the [Torches]’ goaltenders before their 3,276 strong hometown crowd at [the Knowledge Towers]. Four of the [Seers]’ goals came through their defensemen, and two of those were scored by [Nuju], who had scored only one goal in the thirty-six previous games he had played in the 2010-11 season. That, put together with a 30 saves on 32 shots performance by [Ko-Metru] net minder [Ehrye] and goals from [Sumiki], [Legolover-361], and [Hapori Tohu] added up to another win for [Ko-Metru], and extended their point streak to 11 games.
After killing a [Aho-Chan] hooking penalty in the early first period, [Ko-Metru] was shorthanded again at the 11:34 mark of the first due to a boarding call on forward [Legolover-361], and their penalty kill came up big. Defenseman [Nuju] and forward [Keetongu] thundered down the ice into the [Torch] zone past the majority of the [Ta-Metru] players. [Keetongu] passed to [Nuju], and he took it to the front of the net and stuffed past [Vakama] for a shorthanded goal. After killing off the rest of the [LL-361] boarding penalty, the [Seers] were unable to score on a power play at the 15:45 mark of the first, courtesy of a board check by [Nuhrii]. By the end of the first period, the score was still 1-0 [Seers], but it was nothing like the stampede that was to come in the second period.
Early in the second frame, [John Doe] was called for tripping, but the penalty was offset half a minute later by a slashing call on [Pepper Roni] of the [Torches]. Neither team could score on the 4-on-4, but before the [Ko-Metru] penalty finished, [Ta-Metru] received a bench minor for too many men on the ice, which would soon develop into a 5-on-3 power play for the [Seers]. [Ko-Metru] eventually capitalized as [Sumiki] put the puck in with assists by [Aho-Chan] and [Makuta], before the first penalty by [Roni] had expired. The scoring took a pause for a while, with the [Seers] killing a penalty by [Doe], and a spirited scrap between [Kopaka] and [Tahu] breaking out at the 7:57 mark of the second period. [Tahu] gained the early advantage, but [Kopaka] stayed on his skates and dealt some hard blows to [Tahu] before the linesmen broke up the stalemate and sent them to the penalty box. The fight seemed to motivate the [Seers], as the floodgates swung wide open starting at the 11:29 as [Hapori Tohu] sent a puck bouncing past [Vakama], which was followed by a big slapshot from the point by [Nuju] 28 seconds later. (It was also [Nuju]’s second goal in the game, and his third of the season.) [Nuju]’s goal ended [Vakama]’s night in net, and [Torch] Coach [Cookie Monster] sent in [Elmo] to replace [Vakama]. [Elmo] would not escape the second period unscathed either, as the [Seers] tallied on a goal by [Bozo the Clown] at the 17:35 mark of the second frame.
The [Torches] finally got on the board when [Lucky] picked up a pass to the front of the net from [Takanuva] 3:03 into the third period and put it past Ehrye. Three and a half minutes later, [Hapori Tohu] was called for interference, but the victim of the interference, [Hapori Dume], took exception and began beating on [Tohu], and the two of them went at it briefly before the officials pulled them apart. [Hapori Dume] struggled with the officials when he was given an instigator penalty in addition to his fighting penalty, and was tagged with a 10:00 misconduct penalty, which, combined with the other penalties, took him out of the game completely. Thirty seconds after that incident, [Legolover-361] was called for boarding for the second time in the game, which would be converted into the second [Ta-Metru] goal a minute and three seconds later by [Batman]. It was also the end of the [Torches]’ scoring, as the [Seers] held off the [Torches] for the rest of the game, while also adding a sixth goal with 3:16 left to go, courtesy of [LL-361].
The [Seers]' six goals were the most they had scored since a 7-5 win on [Naming Day] against the [Cross-wired Freaks of Wiki-Nui], “I thought we made it easier for them as far as keeping the pressure in the offensive zone.” said Coach [MANDREW] of the [Seers] when discussing the performance by the defensemen for [Ko-Metru]. First Star of the Game, [Nuju] said of [Ko-Metru]’s game, “We surprise ourselves sometimes when we just work hard. I think we know now if we outwork teams, they can’t handle us. We take a little bit to figure that our sometimes, but when we get it we’re going to be a confident bunch.” [Legolover-361] agreed, saying, “When you have the confidence, things seem to roll your way. Pucks bounce your way and things work out for you. We’re just looking to keep building from here on out.”
Like the defense, [Ehrye] had a strong game as well, saving 30 of 32, adding up to a 0.938 saves percentage, although he was forced to bite off a little more than he could chew in the third, when [Lucky] broke up [Ehrye]’s shutout bid, and as [Batman] scored on the power play. “I would have liked to see us do a little better job for [Ehrye] late,” said Coach [MANDREW], “but we battled and found a way to get the two points.”
The [Seers] are now a single point behind the defending [BIONICLE Hockey League] champion [Le-Metru Airheads], and also one point behind the [Po-Metru Pokawi]. However, the [Seers] still have five games in hand on the [Airheads], and three on the [Pokawi]. [Ko-Metru] will be playing the [Ga-Metru Gulls] on Sunday, March 6 at [the Knowledge Towers]. [Ga-Metru] currently holds sixth place in the [Dume] Conference of the [BHL], with 61 points. The [Seers] are 3-5-1 against the rival [Gulls], winning 3-2 in their last game against [Ga-Metru] on [the other Naming Day].