Dateline: December 20, 2009, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Coming off a disappointing performance against the Barrington Redwings, GM Panthers 1 were looking to rebound with a solid performance. Rebound they did.
Coach Tony Bertuca mixed up his lines again, starting a new defensive set. Defensive line Sarah "Go-San" Steadman and Maggie VanErmen started with the Sliwinski/Babich for the first time this season.
The highlight of the first period came when defenseman Sarah Steadman broke her stick on a hard play in the corner. Her clueless equipment manager/father, alerted to the broken equipment by another team father immediately ran to the car to get the replacement -- of course, the back up stick was actually in the locker room, so all he found was dog hair and uneaten granola bars.
With 2:43, Steadman broke up a play but the Admirals got a lucky bounce and scored anyway. The second period thus ended with the game knotted 2-2.
That's when the fireworks started. Center Gio Gulino went nuclear, scoring on a highlight-reel play stick-handling around two defenders at 9:00. Less than a minute later, Guilino scored on another nice move.
The Ads called a timeout but it didn't help. At 4:42 following two nice breakaways by defenseman Sammy Holy, Gio got his third goal for the hat trick. The referees cleared his father's hat from the ice with a scowl, but it was all-she-wrote for the Admirals.