Elmira came into the weekend at the bottom of the Empire division looking for a chance to get themselves not only out of the basement but to jump an instate rival back into playoff position. Watertown had the home ice advantage in the three games, but Friday night began in First Arena at the Shark Tank!
The River Sharks had a number of chances early, but it was Watertown who hit the board first on a play that appeared offsides, but was ruled a goal by Tate Leeson from Mike Mercurio. It took 8 minutes, but Elmira kept the pressure on as after dumping a puck in deep Spencer Kozlowski left his net to play the puck, but after a turnover and tik-tok-toe passing from Larri Vartiainen and Elijah Wilson, Frank Trazzera, in his return to a River Sharks uniform, slapped the puck into the empty net to tie the game at 1-1!
The second period had Elmira coming out with a vengeance. Though they started the period on the power play it was Chris Magi in his first game as a River Shark burying a puck just after the advantage ended after stealing a puck away from Watertown's defense and picking his spot on the former Elmira netminder. 1:13 later Frank Trazzera buried his second of the night to give the Sharks a 3-1 advantage. Watertown changed netminders and seemed to gain a boost of energy as on a power play Tate Leeson was able to take advantage of sharp passing to beat Sammy Bernard. However Elmira had the last word in the period as after a fight in front of the Wolves net saw Josh Rosenzweig sent to the bench and Kozlowski returned Steven Ford buried his fourth of the season on a seeing eye shot from the point to put Elmira back up 4-2 which would hold up through the remainder of the game.
Bernard stopped 26 of 28 for the win, his 5th of the season.
Elmira is back in action tomorrow night from Watertown as they look to secure three more points. Follow along on Youtube and Mixlr tomorrow night from the Watertown Municipal Arena!