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RSL HS v. Dragons & Phantoms
Dec. 11, 2017
2018 RSL Season Opening Day Madison Wildfire got their season off to a fantastic start today with decisive victories against the Fauquier Dragons and the Fredericksburg Phantoms. Scoring was spread among all eight Wildfire skaters, with each getting at least one goal, and goaltending was superb. Even though the team is actually half high school and half middle school, the players’ passion for the game and ability to work together as a team allowed them to earn two W’s.
Dragons 3, Wildfire 8 Wildfire took control of this game from the first puckdrop and built a commanding lead during the first period. They did an excellent job of moving the puck around, maintaining possession, and getting players into scoring position. They also played a solid defense, staying tight against their opponent and backchecking to prevent shots on goal. The team passed the puck well and took advantage of rebounds to create scoring opportunities.
The Dragons and Wildfire have a history of fiercely competitive games, with both teams showcasing tremendous skill and teamwork. The Dragons, who earned the RSL Championship in 2017, were hampered today by missing players and an ankle injury that prevented one of their strongest players from showing his usual leadership on the rink. Wildfire was also missing a player and dealing with players who weren’t feeling 100%.
No doubt, future meetings of these two teams will be tight contests.
Phantoms 0, Wildfire 9 The Phantoms are a new club that is working hard to equip their teams to be competitive in RSL. They visited the Madison rink a few weeks ago for a pre-season scrimmage which ended in a lopsided victory for Wildfire. Today’s meeting showed a stronger Phantoms team with a lot of potential for future growth. However, the passing and teamwork displayed by Wildfire was too strong today for the Phantoms to overcome as Wildfire established an early lead and built on it persistently throughout the game.
Defensemen Brayden, Ethan, and Cole displayed strong leadership throughout both games, controlling the pace and setting up scoring opportunities. Luke, the only senior player on the team, had an impressive day, with excellent forechecking that landed him on the scoresheet multiple times. Forwards Ryan, Jake J., Jake S, and Corey also hammered away on both goalies, racking up goals and assists in both games. Mitchell had an excellent day in goal, making a ton of saves and flashing the leather on some nice top shelf shots.
Wildfire Coach Dave Sisson was extremely pleased with how his team performed in both games. He has expectations for a winning season for both Wildfire teams, High School and Middle School. RSL will take a break for the holidays, and games will resume on January 13.
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