Snipers Struggle In 3rd Periods


Springfield posts road sweep, keeps pace with Mid-Western leaders

11.02.17 – Springfield 10, Dallas 3

11.03.17 – Springfield 10, Dallas 3

11.04.17 – Springfield 8, Dallas 7

The Dallas Snipers almost pulled one out on Sunday, but the Springfield Express finished off a sweep that keeps them in the thick of the Mid-Western Division race.

Springfield held a 4-0 lead after the first period in Thursday’s series opener.  The Snipers scored three times in the third period to close the gap, but the Express tacked on five more goals in the third period for a 10-3 win.

Arkhip Ledenkov scored three goals and assisted on two more.  Michael Polito and Filimon Ledenkov had four assists each.

Friday’s game was actually tied, 3-3, after 40 minutes, but Springfield scored seven unanswered goals in the third period and won, 10-3.

The Express spread the scoring around as Bruno Ndossi (2-1-3) was the only player to dent the twine more than once.

The Express had to work for their two points on Saturday night as the Snipers led in front of their fans, 3-2 after one period, and 5-3 after two.

Springfield scored five goals in the third period – three in a span of 2:06 – to post an 8-7 comeback win.  Nikita Sokov’s goal with 5:06 left in the game was the third in the quick-strike sequence for the Express.  It made the score 7-5 Springfield and completed a hat trick for Sokov, who also had a pair of assists in the game.

The Snipers did not let up, and Jaroslav Vasicek scored with 2:50 left to get Dallas back within a goal, but they could not finish off the upset.

Arkhip Ledenkov took the wind out of the Snipers’ sails just 22 seconds later, with his second goal of the game restoring the two-goal lead for Springfield.

Dallas still kept fighting, with Vasicek scoring an extra attacker goal with 0:12 left on the clock, but fell short by a goal.

Danil Trenikhin had a hat trick for the Snipers and veteran netminder Brady Weiss made 47 saves for Dallas – including 19 on 20 shots in the second period.

Krystof Dobos made 22 saves for the Express.