This is the view from the stands in Radotin – unbelievable!
Tonight, the Pioneers pulled out their second win of the Aleš Hřebeský Memorial tournament, this time vs. the Dublin Riggers and by a score of 6-3. Their 2-0 record at the end of day one ensures that they advance as the first place team in Group A. This win means that they will face TJ Malešice tomorrow afternoon.
The Riggers were a tougher opponent for the Pioneers both in skill and toughness. While the Pie only took a couple of penalties, all technical, in their early game, this one resulted in eight, six of which were personal fouls. It was definitely a tougher brand of lacrosse, but one with which the Pioneers are familiar. Heavy hitting and grinding are what Pie Ball is all about, they’ll just need to work harder to keep it clean and stay out of the penalty box.
This second outing was pretty low-scoring compared to the Pioneers’ first appearance at the tournament and Quinn Waddington, Ryan Keith and Tom Johnson shared in tonight’s six goals. Waddington had a hat trick, Keith had a pair and Johnson a single. Keith’s contribution tonight boosted him the top of the scoring stats for the tournament.
Team scoring (cumulative)
- Ryan Keith – 11 points
- Tom Johnson – 10 points
- Quinn Waddington – 9 points
- Ross Frehlick – 3 points
- Corey Williamson – 2 points
- Cam Taylor – 2 points
- Brock Whiteley – 1 goal
- Chris Fox – 1 assist
- David Yee – 1 assist
- Travis St. Germain – 1 assist
- Andrew Gee – 1 assist
Goaltending stats (cumulative)
Nathan WIlson – 10 saves on 10 shots – 100% save percentage
Kevin Hill – 7 saves on 10 shots – 70% save percentage
To view all of the stats for the game, click here.
Tomorrow’s opponent, TJ Malešice also played two games today, beating the Vienna Monarchs 8-2 in the morning, but dropping a 4-2 loss to Love You To Death in the game right before ours.
Unlike in other tournaments where teams are knocked out, here in Radotin, teams continue to play through the duration of the tourney until their placement is decided. With twenty teams here, you can imagine that the formula for determining who plays who is an intricate web. A loss at this point will remove the possibility of a high place finish for the Pioneers but their tournament would be far from over. If the Pioneers get past TJ Malešice tomorrow, they’ll take the rest of the day off and come back at 1pm on Friday. If they lose, they’ll play in the final game of day two, but at this point their opponent is too many steps ahead to even bother calculating.
Next face off happens at 1pm local time. That means for all of you who are awake at 4am PST or 7am EST, we’ll gladly provide you some exciting entertainment! Here’s your link for the live webcast of the Pioneers vs. TJ Malešice game: www.net-tv.cz
I know I sound like a broken record, but this tournament is just absolutely, 100% first class. Chatting with Kevin and Chief tonight, we couldn’t come up with a single recommendation that we would make to the organizers. It’s just that solid. Tonight, we got another glimpse of the brilliance of the organizing committee when we attended the opening ceremonies. It began with six skydivers parachuting onto the field then continued with baton twirlers, introductions to each team and a visit from the mother of Aleš Hřebeský. It was exciting and emotional and a real treat to see all the teams represented at the same time. This year’s tournament welcomed the first teams from four new countries: Israel, France, Scotland and Poland which just goes to show that our efforts to grow the game are working!
Time to get some sleep. Another big day tomorrow!