Two big games last Night in Nor Cal

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Two big games last Night in Nor Cal

Postby Grampa Lax » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:41 pm

As we approach the middle of the season and just prior to spring break there were two big games played last night that may show who are the favorites to win out in the North Cal Coast section.

Monte Vista at Bellarmine
This game per Lax power ratings MV 97.66 and Bellarmine at 85.26 should have been a blow out for the Mustangs. Interestingly the Lax Power " experts" read computers nonetheless in the pregame report advised only a 2-3 goal win for MV in a close match. MV went into the game at 8-1 and Bellarmine at 3-5. However those losses were to some very good teams ie SI 16-4, SRV 13-6, DLS 9-5 Marin Catholic 4-1 and Lawrencille 8-4. Monte Vista's only loss to SI 19-10. The Bells are also a different team at home. Bellarmine won it 9-8. Love to hear about the game from someone who was there. Big win for the Bells.

Marin Catholic at SRV
After its opening flop to SI the Wolves have been on a roll now at 7-1 routing some good teams along the way DLS 17-6, Amador Valley 15-6, Bellarmine Prep 13-6, Sacred Heart Prep 18-4, and had a Lax Power ranking of 99.11 and ranked first in the NC Section. MC was ranked at # 6 with a 96.17 PR. The Cats as always play a challenging schedule and stood at 4-3 before last night's game. There were close loses to Park City, Utah 5-4, Dover Denver 9-5 and Monte Vista in their opener also 9-5. Lax Power saw it as an easy win for the Wolves. That just didn't jive with the quality of opponents that the Cats had played nor the fact MC is a solid team every year ( 3 time repeating Div 2 champs in Nor Cal) for the size of their school and they have a great coach in Matt Ogelsby. They always come to compete.

Not surprisingly it was a battle . The Cats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter packing it inside with a zone defense and challenging SRV to get it inside or shoot from the perimeter. MC has a fine goalie and the Wolves were not able to get inside and their shots from outside were off cage or blocked by the goalie. MC played a very deliberate offense taking only 5-6 shots in that period but made 3 of them.The Wolves looked to be in trouble. Fortunately for SRV they were winning 70% of the face offs and finally closed to 2-3 at the half.

SRV after the half won the first two face offs and went down and scored immediately to lead for the first time 4-3 This surge seemed to change the complexion of the game as the Wolves took control adding 1 more goal before the end of the third period as the veteran Wolfe's defense had a number of takeaways and dominated the play . SRV added two more goals in the 4th to finally pull away 7-3 although MC scored one more in the closing 2 minutes making it a 7-4. final. A very exciting and well played match.

Think SRV is now the team to beat in the NC Section. They meet Torrey Pines next week in San Diego the #1 ranked team in the state who beat SI 14-11. The Wolves are now ranked #2 statewide by Lax power. Torrey Pines is a big mountain to climb. I think the Wolves might give the southerners a better game than they gave SI in their opener as they are improving but doubt good enough to pull that kind of an upset. I'm sure SI would like to have that earlier game back against Torrey Pines and have another crack at them as SI now is ranked #3 state wide and their perfect season was spoiled. Still a lot of season and games yet to be played of course.
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