|Agent 54 at the Ice Palace.|
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Roto Rooter Flushes Hornets
In a first round playoff match-up of the Penn-Jersey Hockey League, C division, Roto Rooter eliminated the Hornets 2 games to none Monday night at the Flyers Skate Zone in Bethlehem.
The Hornets had “bugged” Roto Rooter for 3 years, consistently getting the best of them in the regular season and the playoffs.
Things started to change when Roto Rooter faced the Hornets for the first time during this season. The Hornets came into that game undefeated but Roto stopped their winning streak. The Hornets got revenge in the next meeting, and that set up a dramatic playoff series.
Game one was a close and tense affair that seemed to have the Hornets up by a goal for most of the game until Paul Hockman scored on a Penalty Shot to tie the game at 3 all in the second period. The game went into overtime and after a close call on a rush by Scott Richardson of the Hornets, Roto Rooter’s Ed Morris buried a wrist shot to give them thrilling 4-3 victory.
Game two was even more dramatic. The Hornets built a 3-0 lead after two periods and it looked like they would force a game 3. However, Roto Rooter, lead by Jason Moorehead mounted an unbelievable come back capped off by Moorehead’s game winner with just 2.1 seconds left in regulation. The final score was also 4-3
Roto Rooter’s emotional post game celebration was a mixture of the joy of winning and relief of not having to face the Hornets for a deciding game 3.