Ralston wins rematch in a classic, 9-8. In IBLA action in the Nebraska chapter, The Iowa DogFish (0-3) took on the Ralston Regals (3-0) in a rematch with both games being decided by a tight margin with the Regals winning the first encounter by a 13-11 score.
Look up classic in the encyclopedia. I know, what is that? Make it Google and this one shows up. The Regals dominated the first stanza. Robby O’Connor (1g), player of the game, John Caruso (4g), and Caruso putting home a Kurt Carlson feed. Michael Jango (2g) supplying the lone DogFish marker.
Iowa dominated the middle stanza with Jango and a pair from Ryan Barnes (4g) with only one Regals. Marker from Caruso to end the first forty minutes all knotted at 4-4. Things opened wide in the third with a combined nine goals started at 4:48 when Billy Dineen (1g) made it a 5-4 Iowa edge.
Ralston went on a three-goal burst fueled by Weston Pool (1a) setting up RJ Moffatt (3g), Kurt Carlson (1g,1a) and at 10:26, Moffatt collected his second. Alex Malinowski (1g) cut the lead to 7-6 on the contests only power-play goal at the 13:43 mark and a Wilson finish seemed likely.
Caruso pushed it to an 8-6 Ralston advantage but at 16:45 Barnes buried one to get it to 8-7. At 18:45 Barnes got it even with a pretty unassisted marker. With just :28 on the clock, Moffatt buried the winner. Marty Gospodarski stopped 20 of 28 shots for Ralston and his counterpart, Bud Wye turned aside 25 of 34. Ralston wins rematch in a classic.