By Walter Lesczynski
Last Friday the Colonels lobbed pucks into the net, t-shirts into the crowd and Cardinals into the boards. In their final game, the Colonels obliterated Louisville 10-1. The two teams have met four times this season, and the evening’s outcome was no surprise to coach Mike Sosnowski.
“I thought we would take care of business and that’s exactly what we did,” he said.
A crowd of over 500 people packed the house with palpable excitement. The announcements and music were much livelier than in past home games, which often left fans feeling like they’d been kidnapped by the Lite FM. Air Supply and Journey were mercifully absent, replaced with rock, rap and commentary by Student Body President David “Doc” Fifer.
As for the game itself? There was never any doubt who was in command of the ice. The Colonels dominated from the outset, taking a three-point lead in the first period. Eastern allowed Louisville’s single goal with 40 seconds left on the clock, ending the period 3-1. The second period saw the Colonels beef up their lead with two more goals.
The third period was astounding, edge-of-your-seat, scream-’till-you’re-hoarse excitement.
Even with the energy boost, they were still unable to put together a single coordinated attack and passed to a Colonel as often as to one of their teammates. The Colonel offense launched an attack on Louisville, scoring five goals in ten minutes.
The wrecking crew of Mike Roache and “Dudeman” Richnavsky gave the Cards a textbook demonstration in how penalties should be killed ? by scoring. Roache floated a shot over the Louisville goalie’s right shoulder.
“Another amazing goal,” declared Fifer over the thunderous cheers.
“That was like an express package from UPS,” added sophomore Patrick Drotter.
Less than a minute later, Derek Rusin followed it up with a goal of his own.
You want blunt force trauma? The game boasted an astounding 28 penalties, including a slew of fights, with four players ejected from the game.
Most hockey players know not to start something they can’t finish, but apparently Cardinal Brian Block didn’t get the memo. After cross-checking defenseman Steve Stecher in the neck, he realized he’d bitten off more than he could chew and fell to the ice in a fetal position.
“He turtled up real quick,” Stecher said after the game.
“Like a sissy,” added Steve’s father, Jim.
This is not to say the Cardinals lacked heart or determination. Anyone willing to put up with the abuses leveled deserves some respect.
“We’ve played them so much its almost a friendly rivalry,” said coach Sosnowski. The battle between rivals left fans hungry for more.
The season’s final game bid farewell to graduating seniors Keith Jarvis, Mark Hinton and Andy Aruzza.
What was the best part of playing for the Colonels?
“Home games,” Jarvis said. “The fans make it all worth it.