St. Louis Park, MN. 11-11-07. Off to a hot start, riding a hot goalie and with all lines contributing, the Diablos looked to go 3-0 and continue atop the D1 West Division. Alas, it was not to be as the Diablos met their Nemesis tonight. Sadly, while the other team was solid, the Diablos proved to be their own nemesis.
The Diablos were out of position and off their game all night as they scrambled around their own end and failed to break the puck out. The Nemesis did a good job of always getting to the puck first and keeping play to the outside in their defensive zone. Untimely penalties, a parade of them in the first period and more late in the third, kept the Diablos from putting together any kind of consistent attack. Unfortunately, even in the second period when the Diablos stayed out of the box, consistency was not in the game plan.
The Nemesis put up goals in all three periods, 1 in the first, 1 in the second and 3 in the third and were in control from the opening whistle. The Diablos sole bright spot was a one timer through traffic by defenseman Pieter VanZyl at 4:23 of the third period to break the shutout. RW Mike Monroe got the lone assist. The Diablos will look to put this one behind them as soon as possible and regroup for next week. Shots on goal for the Diablos were 3-5-5 for 13; for the Nemesis were 12-12-9 for 33.
Stars of the game:
#1 Stanger - Nemesis (2g, 0a)
#2 Kampwirth - Nemesis (1g, 1a)
#3 VanZyl (1g, 0a)
Next up - On the road against the Buccaneers on 11-17-07 at 9:00p at New Hope South. Official AHA Scoresheet. -JB