Comets 7 - Pascack Valley 1
In addition to the "Housley Classic" being a one game elimination tournament, this was going to be an important game for the Comets. They were coming off of losing 3 of their last 4 games. 2 of which, were one goal games that the Comets controlled but could not win. Capitalizing on opportunities was a common problem in those two games. Finishing plays, working together, and minimizing breakdowns were all issues the Comets needed to improve.
The first game of the "Housley Classic" started just like the last two games. The Comets played strong, and had some great opportunities, but failed to score. Then it happened. Pascack Valley scored the first goal. This appeared to be a problem for the Comets in the last two games. In both games the other team scored the first goal. However this time, the Comets stuck to their game, and continued with their style of play. The continued to play like a team, with passing, a solid forecheck and pressuring the puck, and in addition they played a strong defense. This continued pressure lead to a goal to tie up the game, followed by a go ahead goal. At this point the Comets never looked back!
They continued playing the same system with, passing, solid forecheck and back check, and went on to score 5 more unanswered goals, to win the game 7-1. The Comets will now play Northern Valley Old Tappan for the "Housley Cup" championship on Friday, New Years eve, at 1:45pm. However, please double check with the Ice House, as the snow storm has changed around a lot of the start times for these games. We hope to see you at the game and have a great New Years!