The USA Hockey Olympic team was announced yesterday during the annual NHL Winter Classic. The roster included 2 former Connecticut Gators – Bobby Butler and Broc Little.
“This is a proud moment for the Gators Nation. We have had Stanley Cup champions, Calder Cup Champions, Kelly Cup Champions, Commissioner’s Cup Champions, and NCAA Champions. We have played in the development of so many players at the next level and having a chance to add an Olympic medal is truly special for our program” said President RJ Gates.
The Gators as an organization is coming off one of their best years in all, finishing 33-6-1 in 2017.
Gates added, “We are in a league of our own. We have proven that year after year. We produce winners with our winning program. Our players learn the valuable skill of winning championships. That’s what we do.”
Easily rivaling the 2004 Boston Red Sox overcoming a 3-0 series deficit to defeat their hated rivals.
Maybe it was like the New England Patriots plugging a 25-point deficit to triumph in overtime in last years Super Bowl.
What the Gators did last night was nothing short of amazing. Being down 7-1 after the first period, the Gators marched on. On a night where everything was going in their net, they stayed true to their lineup and each played their roles to cap off a 8-7 win vs Dragon Club.
“We know we have a powerful lineup. When we go to the net and present havoc there, we are a tough team to play against. Net drives and net front presence is what turned this game around for us” said forward Jon “Hells Bells” Bellonio.
This is the second game in a row where Dragon Club jumped out to an early lead. In the previous meeting they scored 5 straight goals before the first period ended, finding them up 5-2. Last night they were up by 6 and 7-1 after the first frame.
In total, Dragon Club has outscored the Gators 12 to 3 in the first periods but the Gators have finished strong outscoring DC 16 to 2 in the remaining periods. Of course leading to 2 wins for Gang Green