2015 SHL Finals – Game 2

Anchorage SmallWashington SmallANCHORAGE IGLOOS 2, WASHINGTON GALAXY 1

Anchorage Igloos coach Sam Castor called on his team to “turn the intensity up a notch” after their surprising Game 1 loss in the SHL Finals.  The Igloos heeded their coach’s call in Game 2, eking out a hard-fought 2-1 victory to even the series.

“I was a lot happier with what I saw out there tonight,” said Castor.  “This looks like the Igloos team I’ve been watching all season.”

Anchorage came out banging the boards and attacking the net with much greater intensity.  But the Galaxy withstood Anchorage’s initial barrage and made it clear they weren’t going to back down.  “We were trying to drill them into submission,” said Igloos C Jake Frost.  “But they were standing up to us and not yielding an inch.”

Anchorage finally took the lead almost 14 minutes into the game on a goal from LW Les Collins, who put up his team’s first tally for the second straight contest.  But less than 3 minutes later, Galaxy LW Casey Thurman scored on a tip-in to tie things up for Washington.  “Lousy dribbler that banged off six different guys before it went in,” grumbled Igloos G Ty Worthington.

As the game remained tied through a scoreless second period, the tension both in the stands at Arctic Circle Arena and on the Igloos bench began to mount.  Anchorage tried to pick up the tempo, only to find the Galaxy clogging the lanes and keeping the puck in the neutral zone as much as possible.

But despite their frustration, the Igloos remained confident that the game would ultimately break their way.  “No way were we going to let ourselves get down 2-0,” said Anchorage RW Nicklas Ericsson.  “We’ve come too far for that.”

Anchorage finally got the break they were looking for in the third period.  With 10 minutes left in the game, Frost sprung loose on a 2-on-1 breakaway with LW Jerry Koons.  Frost and Koons snapped a couple passes back and forth, and then Koons buried the puck over Galaxy netminder Roger Orion’s left shoulder, giving the Igloos what proved to be the winning goal in a 2-1 game.

The breakaway was doubly delightful for the Igloos; not only did it give them a lead, but it was a flash of the up-tempo game that they prefer but that Washington had frustrated for the better part of the series.  “As soon as Jake and I got loose across center ice,” said Koons, “I knew we were going to score unless one of us screwed up.”

The Igloos survived a late Galaxy push, including a double-minor penalty against D Olaf Martinson after he high-sticked Thurman in the face and drew blood. By the time Anchorage managed to kill off that penalty, there were less than 3 minutes remaining and, in Castor’s words, “We’d already broken them at that point.  It was pretty much over.”

Galaxy coach Rodney Reagle remained upbeat as the series shifted back to Washington knotted at 1.  “We needed to steal a game up here,” said Reagle, “and we did it.  If we hold serve, we can drink champagne on home ice.”

05/18/2016, SHL Finals Game 2
WSH vs. ANC, Arctic Circle Arena


                      1   2   3     T
Washington Galaxy     1   0   0  -  1
Anchorage Igloos      1   0   1  -  2

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GAME SUMMARY
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1ST PERIOD
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GOALS
13:55  ANC   Collins (Zhlotkin, Montrechere)
16:13  WSH   Thurman (Buchanan, Costello)

PENALTIES
None.


2ND PERIOD
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GOALS
None.

PENALTIES
4:41   WSH   Buchanan, 2:00 (Roughing)


3RD PERIOD
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GOALS
10:07  ANC   Koons (Frost)

PENALTIES
13:22  ANC   Martinsson, 2:00 (High-Sticking)



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GOALTENDING
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Washington         SH    SV    G    Sv%    TOI
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Orion (L)          35    33    2   .943  58:13


Anchorage          SH    SV    G    Sv%    TOI
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Worthington (W)    32    31    1   .969  60:00



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SHOTS ON GOAL
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              1   2   3     T
Washington   11   9  12  - 32
Anchorage    17   8  10  - 35


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POWER PLAY
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Washington - 0 for 1
Anchorage  - 0 for 1
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