The Sand Sharks toppled the Sting Rays hot start to the season with an 8-6 victory. The scoring started quickly as Jayveer Doad would score his third goal of the season just forty three seconds into the game on a ripper from the top of the circle and we were off and running. Penalties were few in this game but important as the Sting Rays went 2/3 and the Sharks went 2/4 on the power play, and it would be the source of the next two goals. First was the Sharks as Matthew Babcock (s) would get the tally nearly halfway through the period to make it 2-0 Sand Sharks. At the 4:12 mark Chandler O’Dell would get his first of two power play goals on the night to cut the lead in half. O’Dell scores five of the six Sting Ray goals in this one continuing on the horrid pace from last weeks game where he scored six. The Sharks answered back just one minute later as new comer Myles Bulmer (s) would score his first of three on the night in his FIHL debut. The Sharks hope to make Bulmer a full timer and negotiations are underway. Logan Brann would score his fourth goal of the season with about a minute left to close the Shark lead back to one and the period would end with the Sand Sharks up 3-2.
In the Second period the Sharks stretched it out to a four goal lead with goals from Bulmer, Shankman (s), and Frasquillo. Shankman, also making his FIHL debut would pot his FIHL debut goal at the 7:20 mark to make it 5-2. Frasquillo made it 6-2 with his first goal of the season less then a minute later and the Sting Rays were needing to regroup. They would get one back as Chandler O’Dell would tip in a Joey Poweska shot for his second of the night. The second period ends with a 6-3 Sand Shark advantage.
In the third stanza the Sting Rays made a good go of it. O’Dell would get his second power play goal of the night, only to be answered almost immediately following a Sting Ray penalty as Myles Bulmer completes his debut hat trick to regain the three goal lead. The Rays refused to quit however and the Chan Man O’Dell would score two more goals in the second half of the period to chip away at the lead, closing it to one. The last attempt to tie the contest would be thwarted however as Finn Smith sails the puck into the empty net for his second goal of the season putting the final nail in the Sting Rays coffin. O’Dell’s five goals on the night gives him thirteen on the season in just three games, a pace even he will have a hard time keeping up with let alone the next in line who is six goals behind him. Final Score, 8-6 Sharks win!