January 10th, 2017 - 9:25PM
Union Arena - Woodstock, VT
Box Score
Game ID: 1172

In the second game of the night we had the #1 team in the standings Gamblers hosting Tuck. The Gamblers came into the night ready to play as they would get on the scoreboard first when Will Meyer tapped a rebound in at 10:37 into the period.  The Gamblers would keep the pressure on and Aaron Kesselman would make the score 2-0 at 6:16 mark in the period. The period would end with the Gamblers up 2-0 and their goaltender Tucker Garrity-Hanchett playing well keeping the Tuckies off the scoreboard in the first. 

Heading into the second period the Gamblers came out on a power play as Tuck took a penalty late in the first but the Gamblers would take a penalty of their own to have some 4 on 4 hockey in the opening minutes of the second period. While on the 4 on 4 the Gamblers were able to capitalize with the extra space on the ice as Christian Machelski would let a slapper go from the point to make the score 3-0 just 48 seconds into the period.  Tuck would settle down and start to take it to the Gamblers which would result in a power play for Tuck, while on the PP Tuck was able to get a goal back as Mark Rinaldi would make the score 3-1 with 5:57 remaining.  After giving up a goal on the PP the Gamblers would get the goal right back as Spencer Zaha would extend the lead 4-1 just 44 seconds later. The Gamblers weren't done their as they would get one more goal in the period from Matt Marrazzo with 4:18 remaining to make the score 5-1 Gamblers. The period would end with the Gamblers up 5-1 and the Gamblers Tucker Garrity-Hanchett was again very busy in the second period turning away shot after shot from Tuck. 

In the third the Gamblers dug deep to extend their led as Topo LaCroix would put the Gamblers up 6-1 with 9:21 remaining in the game. Tuck would not give up and kept working hard but their hard work turned into a PP for the Gamblers. What should have been the Gamblers putting this game away on the PP turned into Tuck getting a SH goal from Mark Rinaldi to make the score 6-2 with 6:36 remaining in the game.  After giving up a SH goal things got worse for the Gamblers as they would take a hitting from behind penalty which resulted in a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. The two teams would play 4 on 4 hockey and then the Gamblers would take another penalty to give Tuck a 4 on 3 and eventually a 5 on 3 as the Tuck was able to kill of their penalty. The Gamblers would escape the 5 on 3 with only giving up one goal to Tuck's Craig Switzer which made the score 6-3 with 3:33 left in the period. As Tuck was making its come back and still had a 5 on 4 power play the Gamblers were able to score a shorthanded goal of their own as Topo LaCroix would net his second of the night with 2:33 remaining.  As the 5 minute major came to an end the Gamblers would give up another goal , this time to Tuck's Brent Bates to make the score 7-4.  That is as close as Tuck would get as the Gamblers Aaron Kesselman would put the nail in the coffin with his second goal of the night with 49 second remaining. The Gamblers were able to hold off Tuck with the adversity of the 5 minute major penalty kill and solid goaltending from Tucker Garrity-Hanchett who was a big reason why the Gamblers were able to win this game. 




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