Classics 3, Your Mother in Law 2 (SO)

Your Mother in Law scores late to force OT, Dunne and Froats faceoff in marathon SO


Aaron Froats

7/28/20234 min read

Both Your Mother in Law and the Classics began the night at Gary Force Acura Ice Center as the first of three games, all with potential playoff implications. With a one-point lead in the standings, Your Mother in Law was holding on to fourth place by a thread as play commenced. To hold on to that position for round one, they would need to secure a Week 10 victory against the Classics. The Classics started as the fifth place team in the standings where they could move up to fourth with a victory, or drop to sixth with a regulation loss and a Tenacious D win later in the night.

Confusion set in immediately as it was time for the puck drop and the YMIL net was vacant. The home team took to the ice with six skaters, as a result tipping the ice and season results heavily in the Classics favor. Play clogged up in the neutral zone before the Classics were able to dump the puck in, but a quick icing call against YMIL stopped play and allowed the tardy Zach Dunne to take his place in the net.

The first period was all Classics in terms of shots and time of possession. A hungry visiting squad was fierce in holding the puck in the offensive zone, capitalizing first when Steve Morris found Rob Kotaluk sitting on the backdoor post, who tallied his sixth of the season. Your Mother in Law evened the score on one of their three shots for the period with a seeing-eye wrister by Jessie Lapid that stayed on the ice and rang in off the far post, beating Aaron Froats who appeared to be in solid position.

The second period was a tug-of-war with heavy zone time for both teams. Dunne and Froats each faced several flurries in front of their net, matching big glove save for big glove save, moving laterally to stop wraparounds, ultimately keeping the score the same at the end of the frame. It began to look like the next team that would pocket the puck would walk away with the lower seed heading into round one as YMIL finally began to settle in and level the ice.

It seemed the team to tally the next marker was going to be the Classics, as the team in white stormed into action off the opening draw of the third. Your Mother in Law was able to finally get some relief clearing the puck a few minutes into the period, but then center Jordan Kiss turned on the afterburners to bypass the defense to Dunne's blocker side, ripping a wrister top corner across the grain over the goalie's left shoulder to take the lead, 2-1. Noting how well both goaltenders were playing, the home team appeared to take a punch to the gut. However, only a few moments later, David Libhart was nabbed inadvertently hooking Emily Freeman in the neutral zone and took a seat in the box. A breath of new life for Your Mother in Law as they had two minutes of 5-on-4 to level the score. Unfortunately, the team never really was able to get set up after a couple of strong clearing attempts by the Classics and the penalty expired.

A roughing call only a minute later against the home team felt like it all but sealed the match for the Classics. Dunne continued his stalwart effort in the crease shutting down the powerplay giving his team a final shot at tying the game. Your Mother in Law would not let that opportunity go to waste. Pulling Dunne with about 90 seconds to play, the puck remained in the Classics defensive zone as the black jerseys cycled the puck and passed it along the blue line, moving the Classics defense back and forth. With a tie-up in the corner involving two from each side, the puck squirted loose onto a home team stick, where it was fired immediately into the slot to an awaiting Your Mother in Law forward, who tapped it far side past Froats with just over a minute remaining.

A timeout was called by the Classics, where captain Froats mixed a couple of his lines to make a pressured effort in an attempt to end the contest in regulation. It almost worked, but a put-back roof attempt rang loudly off the crossbar and Dunne was able to turn and face his own net to catch the puck before it fluttered back down off his back and in. The teams would head to overtime, sealing the fate of Tenacious D as the six-seed in the process. The 3-on-3 extra frame was high-paced, but only a few shots were registered as the puck moved end to end. The highlight was a breakaway by Jessie Lapid with less than 15 seconds left; however, the five-hole attempt was denied and the game moved to a shootout.

This is where it became the Dunne and Froats show. The traditional three shots aside were not nearly enough as each attempt was met with stellar goaltending. With the shootout entering round six, the Classics were not able to net their turn and captain Lapid lined up for the home team. Each shot, up to that point, had been a five-hole attempt against Froats with no success. Lapid took off full speed from his own blue line to pick up the puck heading straight for the net, only to make a hard stop and 90-degree turn to his right, leaving Froats helpless to defend. What looked to be a game-winner rang off the post and kicked back out through Froats's legs for a null attempt. Round seven showed the same prowess from the goalies as the Classics lined up for round eight. Will Fenton scored the first goal of the shootout giving his team a chance to walk away victorious, but Froats would need to stop one last shot. Another five-hole attempt by Your Mother in Law would amount to the same result, ending the game in favor of the Classics, who would move to fourth with the win, pushing Your Mother in Law to fifth.

The two teams will face off again in round one next Thursday at 9:15, this time with the Classics at home by virtue of the lower seed. The winner of the game will face the Norse, as they secured the best record in the regular season with a 4-2 win over Puck Buddies in the following game.