BENSENVILLE—The Blues Pee Wee NIHL 1 team played host to the West Dundee Leafs on Saturday, December 14th. The Leafs entered the game looking to avenge a prior one goal loss to the Blues. However, the home team came ready to play and was able to earn another hard fought one goal win.
Early in the game the Leafs managed a number of offensive opportunities but Blues goalie Charles Dougherty was able to hold off the visitors. The game remained scoreless for most of the first period until Kent Hazelrigg carried the puck up ice for the Blues and took a shot from the top of the right circle. Max Leslie was in position to knock the rebound into the net for the first goal of the game.
The euphoria, unfortunately, was short-lived. The Leafs scored less than a minute later to tie the game at one goal apiece. The Blues responded with a goal of their own twenty-four seconds later to recapture the lead for good. Jack Ray scored on a play in which Leslie and Christopher Dougherty registered assists. The first period ended with the Blues up 2-1.
In the second period Leslie forced a Leafs turn-over off the opening face-off. He took the puck up ice and split the defenders before beating the West Dundee goalie with a backhand shot. The teams played nearly a period and half of hockey without allowing another goal. The Blues defensive play was led by a strong back checking effort by the line of Jensen Redick, Xavier Abel and Tim Sloan.
In the final period the Leafs took advantage of a Blues penalty to score a power-play goal and cut the home team’s lead to one goal to make things interesting. But that is how the game would end. The win improved the Blues league record to 4-2-0.
The Blues Pee Wee NIHL 1 team returns to home ice on Saturday December 21st to play Bloomington at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.
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