|Official Press Release|
Guppies Swim Past Canadiens in OT 8-7!
Glastonbury, CT April 30, 2006. ZRink - Killingworth Guppies Spring 2006 season.
April 30, 2006 - Sunday Afternoon's game vs the Canadiens was Killingworth Guppies "Family Night" as family's from all over the greater Killingworth/Hartford area came out to catch the game. They were treated to a "good old fashion barn burner!" as the Guppies and Habs went back and forth all afternoon. The Gupps would start the scoring as Jason Zito (1-0-1) got things going early when he beat the Canadiens netminder less than a minute into the game. The Guppies kept the pressure on, as the tempature inside the Zrink began to rise with the capacity crowd, when Keith Millen (3-1-4) scored twice in a five minute span. However, as the midway point of the half neared, the water looked to a little murky for our beloved fish when the Canadians rattled off the next three goals to tie the game at 3. The heavily favored Guppies crowd rallied around their team as Millen scored his third of the night regaining the Guppies lead. Only .07 seconds later, Tim Poulin (1-2-3), would score to give the Gupps some breathing room, scoring off a pass from Rob Murphy (0-2-2). At the Half Guppies led 5-3 but the action was just heating up.
In the Second Half, the Canadiens had something the Guppies wish they could brag about themselves .......Youth!! As the game wore on, in the ever warming Zrink, the Guppies fins seemed to slow with every shift. The Canadiens would score the next four goals......yeah you heard me! The next FOUR goals to take control of the game late. In defense of Joe Linskey, during the Hab's scoring frenzy, that had many reminiscing of the free wheeling days of the NHL circa 1985, The Guppies were a little lax on their defense. Linskey saw several, far too many to count, odd man opportunities. With the time on the clock ticking away and our beloved heroes about to fall for only the second time this season, on "Family Night" none the less, the Guppies called a time out. "I remembered thinking, Why is Kelly calling a time out. It's stupid this game is over" stated Guppies Defenseman Dan Pequita (2-1-3). However, luckily for the Guppies and their fans, Pequita played like he believed this game was far from over. With the Guppies net empty, the fish pushed towards the Canadiens zone. Time running down to the final .39 seconds Dan Pequita found the puck and scored to make it a one goal game. Impressive yes, but the best was about to come. As the Zrink crowd stood on their feet Tim Poulin broke into the Hab's zone and fired a hard low shot on net. The rebound kick quickly out to Dan Pequita as he crash the net. In what was actually only a few seconds but seemed like a life time to the fans. Pequita fired the rebound into the net to tie the game at seven with only .08 seconds remaining. The crowd went crazy as the Canadiens seemed to be in disbelief.
In Overtime, the Guppies had found new life and controlled the play. Late in the extra frame Keith Millen carried the puck through the neutral zone and just over the Blue Line. Millen made a drop pass to Brian Kelly (1-1-2) who fired a high shot on net. The Habs netminder was able to get his glove on the shot but he couldn't get all of it as the puck continued end over end into the Habs net. GUPPIES WIN, GUPPIES WIN!!! The Zrink crowd whipped up into a frenzy as the Guppies celebrated at center ice! Off Ice officials had to protect the Guppie players from the fans as they tried to make it back to their locker room.
With the win the Guppies remain in first place. The Guppies face off against District 5 on Tuesday May 2nd @ 9pm. This should be a great game as D5 always plays the Guppies strong. Tickets are still available.
- Dave Armenai was a scratch Sunday Afternoon after car trouble. Dave did manage to make it to the Guppies post game celebration.
- FOUR!! Marc Crayton is still looking to make it onto the PGA tour. Marc missed most of the first half of Sunday's game after being caught on the golf course a little bit longer than expected.
- A side, side note: Crayton drove by Armenai and his broken down car on Route 9. When asked why he didn't stop to help Dave, Crayton responded "I was late for the game!" What a guy
- The Guppies had the "Players Wives/Girlfriends Carnival" after the game. While no money was raised their were some great burgers and franks for everyone. A special thanks to the Chef, Dan Pequita.
|19:22 - Guppies - Goal - Zito (Poulin)|
17:20 - Guppies - Goal - Millen (Pequita)
|12:26 - Guppies - Goal - Millen (Kelly, Murphy)|
|12:04 - Canadiens - Goal - Meyers (Deveo)|
|11:15 - Canadiens - Penalty - Tatum (roughing)|
|10:33 - Guppies - Penalty - Murphy (holding)|
|6:04 - Guppies - Penalty - Pequita (tripping)|
|5:41 - Canadiens - Goal - Tatum (Deveo, Meyers) Power Play|
|5:27 - Canadiens - Goal - Tatum (Deveo, Liistro)|
|3:57 - Canadiens - Penalty - Deveo (roughing)|
|2:30 - Guppies - Goal - Millen (Pequita) Power Play|
|2:23 - Guppies - Goal - Poulin (Murphy)|
|2:04 - Canadiens - Penalty - Grogan (roughing)|
|14:52 - Canadiens - Goal - Grogan|
|10:44 - Canadiens - Goal - Tatum (Liistro)|
|7:45 - Canadiens - Goal - Deveo (Meyers)|
|6:55 - Canadiens - Goal - Liistro (Grogan, Meyers)|
|3:40 - Canadiens - Penalty - Meyers (hooking)|
|:39 - Guppies - Goal - Pequita|
|:08 - Guppies - Goal - Pequita (Poulin)|
|:55 - Guppies - Goal - Kelly (Millen) Game Winner|
|SHOTS ON GOAL:|