By Brian Smith, Contributor
Saturday, the Wildcats faced the Pasadena Maple Leafs in a pre-season home game. Adam Smith of Idyllwild had the best hit of the game when midway through the first period, he delivered a board-rattling check on one of the Maple Leafs players who was playing the puck in the corner of the Wildcats zone. The game remained scoreless through the end of the first period of play.
In the second period, the Maple Leafs had some early shots on goal, and at 3:05 into the period, the Maple Leafs scored short-handed to go up 1-0. After the goal, the Wildcats dominated play, with multiple scoring chances from Max Nordhausen, Smith, and Tiffany Anderson. But the Maple Leafs goalie kept it 1-0 to the end of the second period and into the third.
With 8:59 left in the third, Nordhausen scored to tie the game at 1-1, but just 26 seconds later, the Maple Leafs scored to re-take the lead. The final 8 minutes of the third period, there was an even exchange of scoring chances. The Wildcats pulled their goaltender in the last 50 seconds for a final push, but were unable to tie it up, falling to the Maple Leafs 2-1.
There are no other games scheduled at this time. Idyllwild’s Adam Smith is still in need of sponsors. All donations are tax-deductible.