Win Over Bucks; Loss to Wave
(Bradford, ON; February 13th, 2012)
Entering the final weekend of regular season action, the Bradford Rattlers are sitting tied for third place with a record of 27-6-5. This past weekend, the Rattlers played two games resulting in a loss to the Lefroy Wave and a victory over the Bobcaygeon Bucks. With 4 games remaining, it is crucial that Bradford battles out Elliot Lake as only the top 3 teams get byes past the first round of the playoffs.
A Friday night game against the Lefroy Wave not only resulted in a loss, but Bradford lost Joseph Gatti and Travis White for their home game on Sunday. Gatti is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with an injury. Lefroy opened the game with 4 straight goals over the first and second period. Bradford’s battle back came up just short, as the Wave were able to add another goal in the third, handing Bradford a 5-3 loss. Bird stood between the pipes for Bradford, while Gatti, Bangert and Buwalda scored goals that game.
At home for a Sunday evening game, Bradford got back on the winning track with a 5-2 victory over the Bobcaygeon Bucks. In Bird’s second start of the weekend, he made 28 saves onroute to his 10th win of the season. Bradford’s 3 unanswered goals were enough to hold off the Bucks and grab a 5-2 victory. Captain Myles Nuenker led the Rattlers offensively with a 3 point performance. Smith’s 2 goal performance brings him to the 60 point plateau, for the team lead in both goals and total points
With great parody heading into the GMHL playoffs, any matchup will be a challenge for the Rattlers. Come on out and see how it all unfolds in the final regular season game of the season. Bradford vs. Shelburne, Sunday Feb. 19th at 7:30pm. Bradford will be playing in the brand new Bradford WG Leisure Centre.