It should be a rule or something. Don’t take the first shift of the game off, the Gators will score on it’s first shot.
Oooops. 1-0 lead 19 seconds in.
Like I said, it should be a rule. All it did was start the engines of Scott McDougall and Bryan Leitch as they combined for 9 goals and 12 assists.
“It seems like we have tried everything to let these guys know. From posting lineup cards with current statistics, to online posts, and even pictures of us with the Cup. The Gators will always be ready to go, regardless who is in net and how big the roster is” said Jon Bellonio.
The Gators are now 2-0 early in the SCHL Pro-Am Summer 2017 season and have an early lead on the scoring championship.
“We tried to keep it simple tonight and only score when we needed to. There were a few open net opportunities that were strategically placed to the side of the net” added Keith Buehler.
Rookie goalie back up Sean Keegans made his Gators deput and pushed aside 31 shots.
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Congratulations to Bryan Leitch who scored his 500th assist in the SCHL. Leitch is currently 3rd on the all time league scoring leaders.
The SCHL Pro-Am defending champions defended their 8th banner raising night with an all out effort and dominance over their nemesis, Dragon Club. The Gators are now 5-3 on Banner Raising Nights and 10-5 all-time in season openers.
“Everything worked out in our favor. Between the game and the ceremonies pre-game and post-game. It was a win-win-win type of night” said forward Bryan Leitch.
The Gators jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first period with goals from Leitch, Scott McDougall, Jason Cotton and Patrick Kirtland.
Cotton playing in his first game as a Gator added, “I was a bit nervous but as the night went on, I started to get a little more comfortable.”
Both lines chipped in with goals after a scoreless second period.
RJ Gates, Tim Richter added goals in the third along with Kirtland scoring his second of the game.
“Our lineup is much deeper with talent this summer, it’s going to be exciting how the season will go for us” said Zach Currie.
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All-Time winningest goalie in Gators history, Nick Niedert made 32 saves for his 62nd win. Niedert also added an insurance assist late in the game to help cover the Over.