Dynasty - Team Heineken goes belly-to-belly-to-belly, drubs Bulls 9-4 to claim third consecutive King of the Island
In their most impressive King of the Island performance to date, Team Heineken dominated an uncharacteristically flat Bulls squad to capture King III 9-4. Heineken never trailed and were never seriously threatened as they outplayed the Bulls in every phase of hockey. Following the blueprint of their King I and King II championships Heineken seized a significant early lead and absorbed a Bulls comeback before dropping the hammer on their demoralized opponent. Only, last night, they did it sooner and with more conviction.
Heineken built a comfortable 6-2 lead midway into the second period behind Sean Lindsay's third goal. To this point, Heineken had continously frustrated the Bulls offense. They limited any meaningful shots and sustained pressure as their defense corps kept the Bulls to the outside and policed the slot with punity. The Bulls grew frustrated and increasingly desperate. Their last gasp, however, came courtesy of some Heineken overzealousness.
Two Heineken penalties late in the second gifted the Bulls a 5-on-3 man advantage. The Bulls capitalized on their fortuity and scored twice within a minute to close to 6 to 4. The match was on and for the first time the Bulls displayed some jump. In the prior two King of the Islands the Bulls rallied in the third and in the both games controlled the final stanza. They again tried to impose their will but tonight Heineken said no. Instead of laying back and protecting their lead, they went offensive and dictated the remainder of the match with hard-nosed, aggressive hockey. The Bulls could not muster the fifth goal and subsequently capitulated with five minutes to go.
Sean Lindsay led Heineken's scoring with 4 goals and 2 assists but was not alone in the scoring roll call. Joining Lindsay in the offensive parade was Mark Proffit with 2 goals and 3 assists, Ray Boeckly with 2 and 2, and Seth Wiener with 1 and 1. Heineken goalie Eric Scheibe while not called upon for third period heriocs (as in King I and II) nevertheless made several key stops at pivotal game junctures. For the Bulls, John Davidson had two goals, Bill Acker scored once and assisted once, and Steve Paletta had three helpers. Overall, Heineken oushot the Bulls 36 to 23.