The Central Jersey Fanatics visited Pottstown to start the AIHL season on Saturday. Although the Fanatics would tally the day’s first goal, it was six unanswered goals by Pottstown, including three power play tallies, in game one that would prove to be the difference. The real story behind the game was the six penalties taken by Central Jersey and none by Pottstown.
Game two was not much different. Although close for much of the game, including a 2-1 game early in the second period, it was penalties that plagued the Fanatics in the second period. Team Blue’s high powered power play unit scored three more power play goals as the flood gates opened to an eight goal second half.
Nate Klusewitz (pictured) recorded an extremely impressive 10 points on the day, including a highlight reel shorthanded goal. The Pottstown powerplay went 6 for 10 and should definitely be fears around the league. Joe DiNapoli recorded both wins for Pottstown as he let in only 4 goals in both games.
The minor league match up was a pair of very different games. In game one it appears that the two squads were evenly match, as the two squads traded a pair of goals early, for 2-2 tie. It was Pottstown who scored the games final 6 goals, en route to a 7-2 victory. Team Blue continued to roll early in game two, as they jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead. This would not prove to be enough however, as the Fanatics crawled back one goal at a time to make it 4-4 and eventually had leads of 5-4 and 6-5 in the period. Yet it would be 6-6 at the end of regulation and the season’s first overtime game was set to take place. It would be Gary Dressler that would break the tie and win it in overtime for the Fanatics and help them steal a road victory.
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