|League:||Mac’s AAA Midget|
|Date:||December 30, 2009|
|Teams:||Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep (Minn.) — 6|
|At:||Calgary Royals — 3|
|Synopsis:||Very entertaining first period of play, with both teams getting some good scoring opportunities. The only goal of the period was scored on an outstanding individual effort by Kyle Pollard of the Royals. With about seven minutes to play in the period both teams start to play with visibly more grit.
Gritty play turned to chippy play in the second and the Royals enjoyed quite a few power play chances. The story of the period was the St. Mary’s penalty killing unit. They were able to keep the Royals to the outside and blocked countless shots. The Royals moved the puck well but couldn’t connect on any of their five power play chances. Brad Robbins scored two goals for St. Mary’s in the period and Brett Robinson replied for the Royals as the teams headed to the third tied at two.
St. Mary’s begin the period with a bang scoring less than a minute in. A back and forth battle ensued with the teams trading goals within 30 seconds of each other, near the halfway mark of the period. With the Royals net empty Jimmy Mullin sealed the deal for St. Mary’s scoring the teams’ fifth goal. St. Mary’s adding another quick goal to take the 6-3 victory/
Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep
21 Brad Robbins (F) — Brad played a solid overall game, but it was his play in the second period that gave St. Mary’s the lift it needed to pull out the win. Down by a goal in the second Brad scored back to back goals to give St. Mary’s’ the lead. The team up to that point were showing signs of frustration and taking foolish penalties. Brad’s goals settled the team down and they went on to win a very good hockey game.
15 Aaron Elaschuk (F) — Aaron led the Royals on the score sheet, assisting on all three Royals goals. Aaron solid play got him much time on the power player. Although the team couldn’t generate a goal, Aaron showed that he has the ability to control the puck well, cycle down low and read the ice well in the offensive zone. Aaron also showed that he reads the play well breaking out of his zone and through the neutral zone. He’s able to see the line his passes need to take.