WYTHEVILLE BOBCATS at BATON ROUGE ZYDECO
ZYDECO RALLY FROM BEHIND TO WIN 4-3 IN OVERTIME
by Joseph Furtado
Baton Rouge, LA, - The Raising Cane's River Center was the place to be Friday night, as the Baton Rouge Zydeco hosted the Wytheville Blue Ridge Bobcats. Both teams entered tonight's game looking to avoid being in last place in the Continental Division.
The Zydeco entered tonight's game with a 1-9-0-0 record and lost their last five games, holding the longest active losing streak in the FPHL. As for the Bobcats, they came into tonight's game with a 1-7-1-0-1 record, sitting above the Zydeco in the standings, in fifth place.
Opening the 1st period, the Zydeco came out strong, answering with a power play goal from Austin Weber at 06:05 to make it 1-0. This would be Weber's third goal of the year and second in back-to-back games. The lead wouldn't last long, as the Bobcats tied the game 1-1 at 11:06 with a short handed goal from Jakub Volf.
Despite the Zydeco out shooting the Bobcats 21-13 to end the 1st period, both teams headed to their locker rooms tied.
Kicking off the 2nd period, the Bobcats would take a 2-1 lead on a power play goal from Daniel Martin at 06:15. Despite the Zydeco outshooting the Bobcats 14-11, Wytheville would add one more goal at 18:50 from Chris Corgan increasing their lead to two at 3-1 heading into the final period of hockey.
Baton Rouge entered the 3rd period trailing by two and looked like they were on their way to their sixth straight loss. The Zydeco have not played particularly well in the 3rd period, only netting nine goals all season, while giving up 22.
With time becoming a factor in the game and down by two, the Zydeco found themselves on the power play at 07:13 in the 3rd. On the ensuing power play, Austin Weber would go on to score his second of the game to cut the deficit down to one at 08:32 into the 3rd.
Minutes later, the Zydeco would tie the game on a goal from Cody Rodgers who would let a wrister go from the high slot, beating Green on the glove side, tying the game at 3-3 at 15:06.
The clock would hit triple zeros to signal the end of the 3rd period, leading overtime to determine a winner. Baton Rouge had not played a game all season long in overtime and would begin their first OT on the power play (4 on 3).
All it took was 01:35 into overtime for the Zydeco to win the game 4-3. Austin Weber would record his third goal of the game for a hat trick. Baton Rouge rallied from two down in the 3rd period to win the game in OT. That would be their first hat trick and OT winner in franchise history.
With the win, the Zydeco improved to 1-9-0-1-0 on the year, while the Bobcats dropped their third straight game, falling to 1-7-2-0-1.
The final game of this weekend series will kick off tomorrow at 7:00pm.