Gananda Over Waterloo By One

- In a game of scoring runs, Gananda held off the advances of Waterloo to secure a 10-9 win over the Indians. Although the game was only tied once (5-5) and the Blue Panthers never trailed, it was close to the buzzer with Waterloo scoring with 0:29 remaining to pull within a single goal.

Gananda scored the first four goals with Nick Rapp and Joe Fisher each scoring two goals and assisting a third. Kyle Lotz (last year's assists and points leader for the Indians) returned for his first game of the season and recorded 4g-1a. At the conclusion of the first quarter, Gananda led 4-1. Waterloo was a much different team in the second quarter. Riley Palmer scored the first goal of the quarter for the Blue Panthers with 8:03 remaining. They were then held scoreless for the next 15:36 spanning into the third quarter.

Waterloo scored four goals to tie the game at 5-5. Lotz added two more along with two from Adam Jensen. The tying goal was scored with 6:04 remaining in the third quarter. Gananda scored the last two goals of the third quarter to re-take a two goal lead. Fisher and Patrick Shanley scored for the Blue Panthers (assists from Palmer and Dylan Joy). Gananda led 7-5 going into the final quarter.

Lotz scored his final goal to opening the fourth. Kyle Lombardozzi (assisted by Fisher) scored back to back goals for the Blue Panthers to increase their lead to three. Both goals came with Fisher assisted Lombardozzi from behind the cage. Unassisted goals from Brandon Balder and Nicholas Stenberg kept the game at a one goal game. The final two goals were scored by Palmer (Gananda) and Patrick Sobus (Waterloo).

In the cage for Gananda, Justin Anken finished with four recorded saves. Joy led in the ground all count with 11 and face-off midfielder Remmy Glod added 10. Glod finished at 77% for the face-off draw. For Waterloo, Mark Campbell recorded 18 saves. Campbell was a key player for the Indians with a number of point-blank saves which kept them in the game.

 



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