Saturday, March 2, 2013

Galena (HSLL) @ Woodcreek (CA NCLA-E) Results

Saturday, March 2nd 2013 

For their first game of the season the Galena Boy’s Varsity team traveled to Grass Valley, CA to play a neutral site contest vs Woodcreek (CA NCLA-E). The game was played under sunny, warm conditions at Nevada Union HS. Prior to starting the game, Woodcreek (2-0) had defeated local HSLL opponent Spanish Springs 16-1, so the Grizzlies knew they were in for a good game.

Galena started the game slowly as Woodcreek scored 4 unanswered goals in the first quarter. Galena looked out of sorts in their first game of the season making mistakes that were being exploited by a disciplined Woodcreek team. After a cleansing talk between the 1st and 2nd quarter, Galena crawled back into the game with three goals in the second quarter to Woodcreek’s one to go into halftime down 3-5. From halftime on the Grizzlies played with more hustle and jam but the only goal came from Woodcreek as they added an extra goal to extend their lead to 3-6 after the 3rd quarter.

The fourth quarter belonged to Galena as the Grizzlies played with urgency and scored five goals to Woodcreek's two. A few of these goals were initiated by defensive takeaways and scored on textbook fast breaks, and a few came from settled offensive sets. At the end of the fourth quarter the game was knotted 8-8 and the game went to overtime. After a few possessions and transitions, the Grizzlies wound up bringing the ball down the field where the ball made its way into the stick of attackman #1 Joe Novelli who tallied the game winner on a shot falling toward the cage for the 9-8 Galena OT victory. Woodcreek was stunned, it was their first loss of the season. Galena was ecstatic. Thank you to the NCJLA and Woodcreek for hosting the game.

Statistics: Harger #16 (M) 3g, 1A, 11GB; Novelli #1 (A) 2g, 1A, 8GB; Wegener #3 (A) 3g, 7GB, Immonen #11 (A) 1g, 2GB; Agrella #15 (D) 1A