With more than twenty goals out of the lineup Sunday it looked to be a difficult battle for the Rams against the Zebras. But every game between these two has been difficult. Each game over the past two seasons had been a single goal or less affair.
The Rams came out quickly from the opening faceoff, batlling through the Zebras typical barrage of slashes, hooks and crosschecks. Shoup scored midway through the first period on a bouncer that beat the Zebras goalie five hole. The Rams added their second goal shortly after, as Rob Melissen batted in a rebound.
The second period was a high pitched battle with the Rams answering the Zebras physical challenge and managing not to battle the referees. The Zebras did cut the lead to one scoring with just two seconds remaining on a power play. But the Rams answered back decisively as Colin sprung Denny for a breakaway goal. The Zebras appeared to make things interesting, scoring just before the buzzer of the second to get back within one.
The Rams though weren’t about to let that goal deflate them though as they put a defensive lock down on the Zebs in the third. And it was the Goat who ended scoring in a goal that personified the Rams effort as his second, third and fourth efforts were all there to get the Rams their two goal cushion back.
All in all, a satisfying win for the Rams who were all smiles after the game.
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