Quite the finish last night in Vancouver…including the two big boys on the left dropping the mitts and throwing some haymakers.
The scenario was this…the Vancouver Giants had just scored on a three-man (yes, I said three-man) advantage with 34.5 seconds remaining on the clock to cut the Portland lead to 4-3.
At the ensuing face-off, you could tell there was a bit of confusion between the referee Jeff Ingram and the scorers table. Ingram dropped the puck, but the scoreboard clock did not start. Play continued until it was finally whistled dead.
I’ll let you be the judge…here is the final part of the game…from my stop watch, it appears close to 40 seconds run off once the puck is dropped and the whistle is blown which shows that Ingram and fellow referee Brett Iverson made the right call in saying the game was over despite the 4.7 seconds that showed on the clock. Here is the video:
Oh, and I left in the Brett Ponich/Randy McNaught scrap at the end just for fun.
In the end, the game ended appropriately with the Hawks skating away with a 4-3 win despite all of the confusion in the building.
Not to be lost in all of this is the Hawks breakout second period where they exploded for four goals in 10:17 of game action, highlighted by two Brad Ross breakaways that he finished nicely. And, it was too different finishes for Ross, the first a backhand roof shot and the second a top shelf wrister to the blocker side. Both were incredibly placed shots. Spencer Bennett and Ty Rattie continued their hot play to start the year as each chipped in a goal and Ross, Bennett and Rattie are tied for the team lead with three goals through three games.
Keith Hamilton played very solid once again and made his best save in the second period when the Hawks led 2-1. The Giants created an odd-man rush on a 4 on 4 situation and Craig Cunningham set up Neil Manning all alone in front and Hamilton got just enough of it with the pad to keep it out.
The Hawks are now 2-1-0-0 heading into Saturday’s match up with Seattle where they will look to exact revenge for the 4-1 loss to the Thunderbirds in the season opener in Kent.