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Saturday, December 19, 2009

GM Panthers Clip Redwings 4-2; First goals of season for Divinere and Pelini

Dateline: December 19, 2009, Barrington, Illinois.  Tony Bertuca's GM Panthers 1 team faced an early morning challenge today, playing at 8:10am in Barrington.  "Wow, it's early," said the father-chauffer of defenseman Sarah "Go-san" Steadman.  "Where is the coffee?"

The game started quick.  In their first shift, forward Cosette Divinere scored at 9:55 in the first period on a nice pass from forward Mike Sliwinski, her first goal of the season. 

Several minutes later, Redwings forward number 8 scored with 5:06 on the clock, evening the score at 1-1.  Mere seconds later, the Redwings scored again on a breakaway with 4:54 on the clock. 

But the Panthers evened the score before the first period was over, when forward Vince Pelini banked a nice shot in from the side of the goal, on a feed from center Gio Gulino. It was Pelini's first goal of the season, and evened the score at 2-2.

In the second period, forward Mike Sliwinski scored twice, once on a fast break with Gio Gulino two-on-one against beating the defense to ace the goalie; and once on a 20-foot shot from the left-side slot.  The Second period ended 4-2.

The third period was quieter, featuring a number of breakaways but no scoring.  There was a minor equipment emergency when forward Zander Babich lost his neck guard down his jersey and a replacement had to be located in a hurry.  Panthers special teams had to kill a penalty in the waning minutes when defenseman Sammy Holy was called for tripping with less than three minutes to go.  But the game finally ended with the score still 4-2 in favor of the visitors.

After the game, Coach Bertuca wasn't satisfied.  "Did you see all those breakaways against us?" he asked his team.  "That doesn't happen when we play our positions.  Those guys were smaller and slower than we were.  We should have beaten them 10 to nothing.  I'm hoping for better tomorrow."

Defenseman Go-San Steadman, known for her stout play, wasn't satisfied either.  "We weren't very good today," she told the press.  "We have to be better tomorrow.  I have to be better tomorrow.  We will; and I will."

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