A Cambridge team full of promise once again took to the road to face the mighty pool of talent from the city of London’s vast array of universities. The Blues have been improving steadily this season; building on good first period momentum, then on closing out periods, and finally on taking less penalties, to accompany their attacking talents.
The first period began with a now accustom explosive start out of the blocks, as the Blues took the lead with a great offensive end face-off win to Teale Phelps-Bondaroff at the point, who composed himself and unleashed a quick slap shot bast the London net-minder. Cambridge were driving at the London wasps at every opportunity, most notably when Luc St-Pierre was able to pick up the puck in defense, turn and feed the puck to the wings. This allowed the Blues to advance to three or four good scoring opportunities. Sadly however, none of those chances were able to be converted.
The second period started well for the Blues, picking up from where they had left off, as often happens in hockey however, London were able to create a goal from nothing against the run of play. This setback had no immediate effect on play. There were good opportunities for both Ryan McGinley and Thor Richardson respectively. The puck broke to McGinley in front of the net only for the final shot to ring off the net-minders face-mask. Richardson was also sprung on a breakaway in the second period only to be denied by the net-minders butt end of his stick, as the industrious centre aimed his snap shot for the top left hand corner.
After these great goal scoring opportunities were passed up on by the Blues, the London team seamed to gain the momentum and immediately had the upper hand in the dying moments of the second period and later in certain stages of the third period. Some great defensive zone coverage by the Blues allowed breakouts to start flowing naturally, and some half chances were gained. These however did not result in any further goals and the Blues sank to another defeat.
Positives aplenty for all of the players, the team is beginning to gel, and is chasing the illustrious first win of the season. Noteworthy standouts in the game were clearly the work-rates of Tomas Jurik and Max Reibman, who were seen to be putting the legwork in during fore-checking in addition to their back-checking.