March 5th, 2018 - 8:10PM
Union Arena - Woodstock, VT
Box Score
Game ID: 1227

In the 2018 Whalen Cup Finals we had the #2 Lumberjacks hosting the #4 Tuck. This is was rematch of last year"s finals and it didn't disappoint. The game started out with the Jacks jumping out to a 1-0 lead just 22 seconds on a goal from Jay Zanleoni. After giving up the quick goal Tuck settled down and picked up their play as they would start generating shot after shot on the Jacks net minder, Ryan Libby. Tuck would tie the score up at 8:31 on a goal from John Fulham. The period would end with the score tied at 1-1 and although the score was tied Tuck was out shooting the Jacks 11-6 in the first period.

In the second period Tuck continued right where they left off as they were playing hard and fast. The score would remain tied 1-1 until Tuck would grab the lead with 3:22 left in the period on a goal from Brent Bates to put them up 2-1. The Jacks again would answer with a late goal from Sean Murphy to tie the game at 2-2 with 23 seconds left in the period. Although the score was tied 2-2 Tuck would again out shoot the Jacks 14-6 making the two period total 25-12.

In the third period with the score tied at 2-2 both teams would pick up their play as both teams were playing hard for the Whalen Cup. Both teams would exchange power play chances early in the period but neither could score. After the teams returned to even strength play Tuck would grab the lead on a goal from Nate Strah at the 10:21 mark in the period. Tuck would keep the pressure on as they would eventually go up 4-2 on a goal from Gillian Apps with 5:28 remaining in the game. After giving up two goals the Jacks would finally get one back as Tim Patten would make the score 4-3 25 seconds after Tuck went up 4-2. After getting within one goal the Jacks kept the pressure on and it lead to them getting a power play chance as Tuck would take a penalty with 3:20 left in the game. On the power play chance the Jacks were not able to get set up or get any good shots as Tuck was making hard on the Jacks. The Jacks would throw everything they could at Tuck but Tuck would weather the storm and hold on to win its second straight Whalen Cup!!!!

The Whalen Cup lived up to the hype and congratulations to both teams on a great season!


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