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11-09-2003, 07:08 AM
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Something Different...OFFENSE AND FUN IN HOCKEY!,7326290.story

Defeat Macon Trax 10 to 6

Playing in front of a raucous 2,255 fans who braved the rough South Florida weather, the Miami Manatees came out strong in their first game of the season by defeating the Macon Trax in a wild game.

Making his professional hockey debut after playing 5 years at the University of Calgary, Manatees center Darren Cain wasted little time getting on the board, scoring his first professional goal at 38 seconds into the first period when he came out from behind the net and slid the puck past Macon goalie Geoff Faulkner.

The Manatees struck again at the 2:07 mark of the first period, when Todd Nowicki beat Faulkner from a Tom Perry pass. But Macon answered right back less than a minute later when Ryan Rivard scored his third goal in two games .

Jeff Antonovich put Macon down a man when he committed a hooking penalty, and big Oak Hewer was able to put away a rebound that trickled in front of Faulkner. Kevin Swider got the play started when he came from behind the net and threw the puck at Faulkner, who made the initial save , but lost track of the puck that rolled off his equipment.

But by the time the first period was over, Macon answered in a strong way by forcing the play to the Manatees and scored two goals from Craig Miller and John Gurskis by the 10:33 mark.

The Manatees scored four goals to Macon's one goal in the second period. Left wing Eric Perricone started the scoring off at the 4:54 mark, before Macon got their only goal of the second period as Bob Clouston found Edan Welch with a long pass as he came out of the penalty box and in alone on Manatees goaltender Sean Weaver, who he beat with a low shot to the glove side.

The elimination of the redline is taking some getting used to, but the long pass to Edan Welch reminded the Manatees that the lack of redline applies to them as well. 37 seconds after Welch scored, defenseman JF Picard found Perricone with a long pass up the middle. Perricone entered the Macon zone, drew his defenseman to him, and found Darren Cain as he streaked toward the net for the goal.

Perricone scored his second goal of the night from a heads-up pass from defenseman Dmitri Doulebenets, and Darren Cain scored his third goal for the hat-trick at the 14:35 mark of the second period.

Facing off in the only fight of the night, Darcy Johnson and Andrew Katzberg went toe to toe for a good amount of time, and both came away from the fight holding their own against each other.

The Manatees special teams play made an impact in the game, but it was the short-handed squad that made the difference in the third period. Killing off a Manatees penalty, center Todd Nowicki carried the puck and beat his defenseman with a move out wide, was able to go around and throw a puck at the net. Left wing Kevin Swider followed the play, grabbed up the rebound from the sprawling Macon goaltender Andy Kollar, and deposited the puck for the short-handed goal.

The Macon Trax put up a strong effort iin trying to get back into the game. When Manatee goalie Sean Weaver had his stick wedged in the boards when playing a puck behind the net, Trax captain Jeff Antonovich was able to corral the puck from a failed clearing attempt and scored the goal as Weaver was trying to get back in the net without his stick. The Trax got their second goal of the third from Steve Zoryk to make it a 2 goal game with 11:54 seconds left.

Injected with life from the two goals, the Macon Trax appeared to be close to getting back in the game when Hewer was sent to the box on a hooking penalty. But Ryan Kiley made a great effort as he took a pass from Kevin Swider in the neutral zone, crossed the blue-line into Macon territory covered strongly by one defenseman. Kiley let loose a slap shot that beat Kollar for the Manatees secong short handed goal of the period.

But it was the strong line made up of center Darren Cain, left wing Eric Perricone, and right wing Oak Hewer that finished the scoring for the night. At 17:37 in the third, Perricone scored his third goal and became the Manatees second player to score a hat-trick that night. By the end of the night, the three forwards alone amassed 13 total points.

Scoring Summary:

1st period

Manatees: Cain (Perricone, Hewer) :38
Manatees: Nowicki (Perry, Picard) 2:07
Trax: Rivard (Welch, Graupner) 3:04
Manatees: Hewer (Swider, Perricone) PP 5:01
Trax: Miller (Zoryk, Murphy) 10:05
Trax: Gurskis (Miller) 10:33

2nd Period

Manatees: Perricone (Doulebenets) 4:54
Trax: Welch (Clouston) 6:49
Manatees: Cain (Perricone, Picard) 7:26
Manatees: Perricone (Doulebenets) 13:43
Manatees: Cain (Doulebenets, Hewer) 14:35

3rd Period

Manatees: Swider (Nowicki) SH 2:32
Trax: Antonovich (Zoryk, Murphy) 7:44
Trax: Zoryk (Murphy, Antonovich) 8:06
Manatees: Kiley (Swider) SH 14:50
Manatees: Perricone (Hewer, Picard) 17:37

Penalty Summary:

1st Period

Trax: Antonovich, Hooking 3:18
Manatees: Nowicki, Hooking 6:44
Manatees: Cain, Hooking 8:00
Manatees: Cain, Holding 16:11

2nd Period

Trax: Howard, Tripping 8:45
Trax: Katzberg, Roughing 15:27
Manatees: Johnson, Roughing 15:27
Trax: Katzberg, Fighting 17:27
Manatees: Johnson, Fighting 17:27

3rd Period

Manatees: Picard, Holding :57
Manatees: Hewer, Holding the Stick 13:50

Power Plays:

Trax: 0 for 5
Manatees: 1 for 3, 2 short handed goals

Shots on Goal (by period):

Trax: 13, 7, 15: 35
Manatees: 16, 15, 17: 48

Goals by Period:

Trax: 3, 1, 2: 6
Manatees: 3, 4, 3: 10

Goalie Saves:


Faulkner: 21 Saves (7 GA)
Kollar: 17 Saves (3 GA)


Weaver: 29 Saves (6 GA)

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