Considering the number of all the OK Conference Tier 1 games this season that have went the distance, forcing a sudden death overtime, no surprise this game would follow suit.
Last Saturday afternoon, the Rams hosted the Buccaneers from Grand Haven. Rockford’s student section brought high energy to the arena, supporting the Rams hard hitting, big plays, and solid goaltending throughout the game.
From the drop of the puck to start the game, the play was back and forth at a good pace for the first period. Rockford goaltender, Todd Millar, stymied all eight Buccaneer shots for the period. Grand Haven’s netminder stopped all nine Ram chances.
The second was in similar fashion to the first. Grand Haven launched ten shots at Millar, the Rams fired nine times. Neither team able to find the one shot to beat their opposing goalie
Six recorded shots and zero goals for either team rounded out the third period. Solid defense for each side limited any quality scoring chances leading to Rockford’s fourth sudden death overtime of the season and second in as many weeks.
Overtime remained scoreless as well with the Bucs edging the Rams with six shots to two. No matter the shots, the final score ended the same way it started. Rockford earned a point for the tie in the 4th conference game of the year. The Rams have earned points in all four games this season.
Rams return to the ice next Wednesday, December 19 at Griffs Ice House. Preparation is now underway to take on rival co-op Forest Hills Northern/Forest Hills Eastern. The Rams look to avenge last year’s overtime fluke goal loss. The puck drops at 8pm. You won’t want to miss this battle royale. Visit www.rockhockey.org for more information.