There’re going to be a lot of bruises on a lot of hockey players tomorrow. It was a hard skating, hard hitting game for the Firebirds against the the Fargo Davies Eagles here at home. Reegan Reule has his usual remarkable game and against a strong skating opponent.

There’re going to be a lot of bruises on a lot of hockey players tomorrow.  It was a hard skating, hard hitting game for the Firebirds against the the Fargo Davies Eagles here at home.  Reegan Reule has his usual remarkable game and against a strong skating opponent.

His first save came on a one-on-one with Eagle Cade Stibbe.  The Firebirds got the puck, took it down the ice, and Nolan Bushee fed Cole Senkyr for the game’s first goal.  The Firebirds made another play and Tommy Reslock broke away, slipped a defender, and smucked the right post low with slap-shot, ricocheting away from the goal to the side.

The Eagles gave the Firebirds a lot of chances in the first period.  Eagles spent ten minutes in the penalty box and the Firebirds had six straight minutes of power plays.  They kept the puck in the Eagle zone the majority of the first period, forcing Eagle goalie Jared Winter to make 11 saves.  He did a good job of defending.  The teams left the first period with the Firebirds up 1-0.

The Eagles came into the second period much more aggressively and the Firebirds couldn’t keep them out of their zone for long at all.  Eagle Tyler Kleven could skate and handle the puck, and he was tough to keep up with, or pin against a board.  The Eagles bounced 21 pucks off of Reule in the second period, but got only one past him, when Austin Schimdt, almost as strong a skater and handler as Kleven, slipped a defender at the blue line and sent a shot high past Reule into the net to tie the game at one.

Three minutes later, Reslock chased a loose puck past the Eagle blue line, worked to the left of the goal, and found Craig Peterson just above the crease, through three defenders.  Peterson flipped the puck past Winter and the Firebirds were up again, 2-1.

The third period belonged to the Eagles.  They scored two minutes into the period, then again at the 12 minute mark, going up 3-2.  The Firebirds couldn’t get a handle on the puck, couldn’t clear it from their zone, or keep it in the Eagle zone for any amount of time.

They had two chances on 5-4 power plays, and made quite a bit of trouble for the defens, but they just couldn’t get the puck past the defense at Winter.

The game ended on a 5-4 power play for the Eagles.  The Firebirds pulled Reule to even up the skaters and were putting some pressure on the Eagles.  But the puck got through the defenders and made for an easy Eagle goal into an empty net.

The final score was 4-2, Eagles.

Ruele had 34 saves on the night, and Winter had 20.