Whipsnakes perfect powerplay pushes them past Redwoods, 12-11
By Joe Keegan
Jun 25, 2022
Matt Rambo (4G, 1A) and Whipsnakes LC head coach Jim Stagnitta continue to preach putting together four quality quarters. It sounds cliché. And likely extremely frustrating for opponents to hear the 4-0 Whipsnakes talk about needing to be better.
But they're right -- the Whipsnakes made plenty of mistakes. Kyle Bernlohr (12 saves, 55%) and Joe Nardella (15-for-23, 65 FO%) increase the team's margin for error when they play like this. The Whipsnakes committed nearly as many turnovers (24) as shots (29) and still won. Powerplays and fast breaks kept them close until Rambo's fourth quarter haymaker.
Eddy Glazener (4CT 1GB), Garrett Epple (4CT, 2GB), Arden Cohen (1CT, 2GB) and the Redwoods' six-on-six defense held the Whipsnakes to scoreless droughts of 8:59, 9,40, and 6:21 to close the game. Goals -- even shots -- were difficult to come by in settled sets for the two-time champs.
But when the Whipsnakes needed a settled goal most, they called on Rambo.
As Austin Owens previewed, the Whipsnakes recent success against the Redwoods has come when they've been able to switch Epple off Rambo. Not many defenders can match Rambo's physicality at goal-line extended. Epple is one of them; but when he gets picked, Rambo feasts.
Woods have always switched picks — usually by making contact at the pick, not by dropping their SSDM like this. Rambo gets to GLE before he’s touched. pic.twitter.com/1wKQhsuo0S