Sabers start weekend road trip with 21-2 victory

by James Karr

In a spectacular showcase of skill and teamwork, the San Diego Sabers left no room for doubt as they triumphed over the Long Beach Shredders with an emphatic 21-2 win at Lakewood Ice.

The Sabers wasted no time asserting their dominance, with an explosive first period that saw seven goals. Paganini led the charge, netting two goals in quick succession, followed by contributions from Ouellet, Frizado, Therrien, and Gradin. The Shredders struggled to keep up, leading to penalties for cross-checking and roughing.

The second period continued the Sabers' onslaught, with Frizado securing a hat-trick and Paganini adding another goal. The power play proved advantageous for San Diego, as they capitalized on opportunities to extend their lead. The Shredders managed to find the net once, but it was a fleeting moment in the face of the Sabers' offensive prowess.

As the game progressed into the third period, the Sabers showcased their depth with goals from multiple players, including Ouellet, Verstegen, and Therrien - who secured his first career hat trick. Despite a couple of penalties, the Sabers maintained control, displaying a strong penalty kill and adding insult to injury with short-handed goals.

The final score reflected the Sabers' dominance, with a staggering 21 goals to the Shredders' 2. The Sabers' relentless offensive attack, combined with solid goaltending from St-Denis-Lacombe, left the Shredders struggling to find a foothold in the game.

Shots on goal told a tale of San Diego's offensive onslaught, outshooting the Shredders 81 to 24. The power play opportunities were effectively capitalized upon by the Sabers, converting 2 out of 6 chances, while the Shredders failed to capitalize on their power play opportunities.

In the goaltending duel, St-Denis-Lacombe stood strong, making 22 saves out of 24 shots faced. On the Long Beach side, Krell and Sadeghian faced a barrage of shots, making 26 and 34 saves, respectively.

Next stop for the Sabers: Ontario, where they face the Jr Reign in a challenging matchup. The puck is set to drop at 8:25 PM in Ontario. Don't miss a moment of the action – catch it all live on FloHockey TV!