ELMIRA MAMMOTH at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Mammoth Bites the Wolves, 4-1
by Jeff Barrett
Watertown, NY - The Watertown Wolves hosted their in-state rival the Elmira Mammoth on this Friday evening. This was the seventh meeting between the two teams with Watertown winning all but one of those matchups. Coming into the night, the Wolves held a slight 3 point advantage over the Mammoth for the third spot in the Empire division of the FPHL.
It would be a quiet period number one as both teams had several scoring opportunities, but starting goalkeepers Thomas Proudlock of the Mammoth, and Watertown starter Owen Liskiewicz were up to the challenge with both standing tall and denying all the shots they faced. Watertown out shot Elmira 16 to 15 for the first twenty minutes of play.
The scoreless streak would end at 6:41 of the second when Justin"Mo" Levac took a feed from behind from Tate Leeson, and easily slid the puck past LIskiewicz to give Elmira the early lead. Blake Cudmore also got credited with an assist. The lead didn't last long as just under a minute later, Parker Moskal lit the lamp at 7:35 to knot the game at 1 a piece. Assists on the goal went to Mathias Tellstrom and Elijah Wilson. Elmira jumped back into the lead at the 18:12 mark on a Tate Leeson goal, assisted by Mo Levac and Blake Cudmore. The period ended with Elmira up 2-1 over the Wolves, even though the Wolves out shot Elmira 18 to 10 for the frame.
Period number three would find Elmira's Nick Gullo extending the Mammoth lead to 3-1, assisted by Mo Levac and Stavros Soilos, at the 2:34 mark with a power play goal.Things would get chippy from that point, with both teams getting their share of penalties, slowing down the pace of the game. The Wolves ended up with a 6 on 4 power play with Liskiewicz going to the bench in favor of an extra skater, but it would be Elmira's Nick Gullo finding the empty net for his second goal of the period, in a short handed effort, extending the lead to 4-1.
Elmira scores the win while being outshot 50 to 35 for the game.
This would be Elmira's last trip to Watertown in the regular season this year. The teams will play Sunday afternoon in Elmira, then once again on April 12th, also in Elmira.
The Wolves are back in action on Saturday night as they once again host the Danbury Hat Tricks.