Sabers Battle Hard But Fall Short Against Shredders

by James Karr

In a thrilling showdown on Saturday, the San Diego Sabers took on the Long Beach Shredders in a gripping display of hockey prowess. The final score stood at Long Beach Shredders 4, San Diego Sabers 2, after a fiercely competitive game that kept fans on the edge of their seats.

First Period:

The game kicked off with an intense first period. Long Beach Shredders drew first blood when Cherniak found the back of the net at 19:53, assisted by Walton and Fitzgerald. The Shredders took an early lead, but the Sabers weren't far behind. Several penalties were handed out during this period, including a hooking penalty for Cherniak (Lbs), a holding penalty for Nieto (Lbs), and a hooking penalty for Therrien (Sds).

Score after 1st Period: San Diego Sabers 0, Long Beach Shredders 1

Second Period:

In the second period, the Sabers showed their resilience. Ouellet scored a short-handed goal at 6:10, assisted by Gouin and Gill, leveling the playing field. However, the Shredders responded as Wight netted one at 10:05, with assists from Ben Tov and Coughlin. The penalties continued, with various players from both teams serving time in the penalty box.

Score after 2nd Period: San Diego Sabers 1, Long Beach Shredders 2

Third Period:

The third period intensified the action. Armas of the Shredders capitalized on a power play at 11:46, assisted by Los and Mantooth. The Sabers made a valiant effort to stage a comeback, with Jaakkola scoring at 18:04, assisted by Toulec and Gill. But the Shredders sealed the game with an empty-net goal from Cherniak, assisted by Ben Tov and Wight, at 18:51. More penalties were incurred by both sides during this high-stakes period.

Final Score: San Diego Sabers 2, Long Beach Shredders 4

Shots on Goal:

San Diego Sabers: 29 (8-8-13)

Long Beach Shredders: 37 (12-13-12)

Power Play Opportunities:

San Diego Sabers: 0/3

Long Beach Shredders: 1/7


San Diego Sabers' Perry faced 36 shots and made 33 saves, displaying remarkable skill in the face of intense pressure. Long Beach Shredders' Krell turned away 27 out of 29 shots.

The Sabers are returning home to Icetown Carlsbad this upcoming weekend Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29. They're set to host the Vernal Oilers from the Northwest Division, marking the first encounter since the 2022 Vegas Showcase between these two teams. Don't miss out; ticket prices begin at just $8!

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