GAMES 8 & 9
CORALVILLE, IA -- The Quad City Ice Eagle Bantam hockey team snapped back from its only loss of the year last weekend by posting two hard-fought wins over Des Moines, in games played Saturday at the new ice rink in the Coral Ridge Mall. Goaltender Brandon Kruse had his best day of the season, allowing just one goal as the Eagles prevailed by scores of 4-0 and 3-1.
The first game was a fiercely-contended defensive struggle for two periods, with neither team able to score. Early in the third period, however, the Eagles were able to strike first when Ryne Takacs converted a pass from Brian Moriarty and beat the DesMoines goalie from 15 feet. Just over a minute later, Defenseman Jason Corcoran skated in from the left point and fired a low drive that Adam Oppendike redirected into the net for a 2-0 lead. After that the Buccaneers unraveled like the proverbial cheap suit. Three minutes later, David Warta blasted a rocket past the netminder, assisted by Takacs. Just a minute later, Grant Rueter ended the scoring when he went top shelf from 15 feet to the left of the net.
The Eagles protected the shutout for the final half of the period, with Kruse stopping all 20 Des Moines shots for his fourth shutout of the season.
After a long afternoon of checking out the Coral Ridge mall between games, both teams took to the icefor the second game at 6 p.m. Again defense was the main theme as both teams again battled through a scoreless and chippy first period. The Buccaneers took their only lead of the day midway through the second period when Right Wing Bill Breedlove beat Kruse from in close. That lead held up until the final 35 seconds of the second period, when the Eagles, playing a man short due to a penalty, tied the game on a great individual effort by Josh Moon. Moon outraced two defenders and went in alone to score the tying goal. The third period was one of the most exciting periods of the season, with both teams scrambling for the go-ahead goal. Due to an injury to Trent Lidholm, Coach Jerry Moon was forced to shake up his lines,with Brian Moriarty moving to defense. Finally, midway through the period, Ryne Takacs found linemate Austin Busch free in the slot, and Austin converted the pass into the lead goal with a quick shot to the top corner ofthe net.
The Eagles had to kill off a few penalties, and the game was not in the bag until Busch scored an empty-net goal from center ice in the last minute of play.
The two wins improved the Eagles' record to 8-1, while the chippy Des Moines squad went home still winless in nine games for the season. The Eagles areoff until Saturday, November 21 when they entertain the Springfield Kings for two games at the QCSC.