WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – T-shirts were on the line this past Tuesday when Puckin’ Monkeys and the Red Machine faced off in the Tuesday Roller Hockey Lower Championship. Puckin’ Monkeys took home the Epic Cup in a 3-0 victory. Puckin’ Monkeys G Zach Sutton posted a 22 save shutout and goals were scored by Robert Wolfe (2) and Matt Galey.
Wolfe got Puckin’ Monkeys on the board right away to start the second half as he squeezed a shot through a tight lane in the Red Machine defense to score. In true playoff hockey fashion, the first half was really competitive, each team had plenty of opportunities. Shots were 6-2 through the first 11 minutes of the first half. In the back nine of the first half, Red Machine had a 9-5 shots advantage.
Out of a combined 28 shots amongst both teams (shots were tied 14-14 at half) only one hit the back of the net.
History repeated itself as Wolfe scored again in a timely fashion to open the second half. It extended Puckin’ Monkeys lead to two. Puckin’ Monkeys held possession for the majority of the first half. Red Machine goalie Grant Syzmanek stood on his head keeping his team in the game. With 10:49 left in the game, Puckin’ Monkeys F Matt Galey scored their third and final goal on the power play. This in turn secured the Puckin’ Monkeys victory.
Final Score: Puckin’ Monkeys 3 Red Machine 0
Shots on Goal: Puckin’ Monkeys 25 Red Machine 22
In the last five minutes of the game the Red Machine put Sutton to the test as they tried to close the three goal gap, but Sutton stood tall. After the game, Sutton talked about his mindset which helped him stay focused to clinch the shutout.
“I thought we played tight as a team,” Sutton said. “I just tried to play my best and keep my head in the zone.” He also complemented Syzmanek for playing “…out of his mind.”
Congratulations to Helltwigs (pictured) for winning the Tuesday Roller Hockey Mixed Championship.
If a player does not have a Player Pass or does not directly give an Epic Center employee their full last name, or last initial, then they’re identity will remain protected on Epic Center Sports Report.
To see rules, standings, stats, and more head to epic-center.com.