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Game 15 (Regular Season) 2/25/06
Bears win second straight with 3-1 win
The Black Bears put together another solid team performance Saturday, winning the first of back-to-back games 3-1 over the Minutemen.
The Bears followed up a Minutemen rebound goal late in the first period with a goal the very next shift, as Phillip Mitchell scored his fourth of the year off a Kyle Burkovich rebound to tie it up. Just 45 seconds later, Burkovich converted a Jacob Geiwitz pass into a breakaway goal and a 2-1 Bears lead. Defenseman Wes White made two keys plays in the second period to keep the Bears in the lead – his diving stop on a two-on-one foiled a Minutemen scoring attempt, then his check early in the third period stopped a potential Minutemen breakaway.
Kyle Burkovich scored his second of the game off a perfect feed from Phillip Mitchell to give the Bears a 3-1 lead late in the second period, and the Bears defense and goaltender Kelsey Eglinton made that stand up for the Bears second straight win.
Goals: Mitchell (4), Burkovich 2 (6)
Assists: Geiwitz (10), Burkovich (3), Mitchell (8)
Penalties: Geiwitz (Tripping)
Goaltending: Eglinton 23 Shots, 22 Saves
Shots on Goal: Black Bears 22
Not Dressed: Udall
Stars of the Game
#1 Kyle Burkovich – 2 Goals, Assist
#2 Philip Mitchell – Goal, Assist
#3 Wes White – Excellent D!
Game 16 (Final- Regular Season) 2/26/06
Last (nano)second goal gives Black Bears third straight win
Sitting on a 1-1 tie with only 19 seconds left in the game, and deep in the Black Bears defensive zone, defenseman Matt Vendl poked the puck to Kyle Burkovich, who took off on a rush down the ice, sliding past and deking around defensemen, gliding over the blue line, and finally scoring into the top corner of the net just as the horn went off and time expired, giving the Bears a heart stopping 2-1 win over the Minutemen. The victory was their third straight as they finished undefeated in 4 of their final 5 games to finish the regular season on a high note.
Playing against defenseman turned goalie AJ Culp, the Bears could not find the back of the net for two periods. Luckily, goaltender Kelsey Eglinton held the fort until a bouncing rebound trickled past her for a 1-0 Minutemen lead early in the third period. But in a repeat of Saturday’s game, the Bears scored on the very next shift as Jacob Geiwitz took a pass from Jordan Helm and Charlie Allen and blasted one into the net to tie the score. The Bears defense, led by Matt Vendl, Jacob Geiwitz, Wes White and Nathan Lawson continued to impress, shutting down the middle of the ice and forcing the Minutemen to play and shoot from the perimeter, where Kelsey Eglinton gobbled up shots and frustrated the Minutemen shooters. This set the stage for Burkovitch’s last second heroics.
Goals: Geiwitz (1), Burkovich (7)
Assists: Helm (5), Allen (2), Vendl (4)
Penalties: Burkovich (Slashing); Geiwitz (Roughing); Woodruff (Roughing)
Goaltending: Eglinton 14 Shots, 13 Saves
Shots on Goal: Black Bears 22
Not Dressed: Udall, Applebach, DeForest, Caravella, Smith
The BLACK BEARS Next Two
We will play our first playoff game on Sunday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. against the Eagles
written by Coach James Miroslaw (published in the weekly Black Bears News)