Mina 22, 2078, m249
This was a double-header weekend for the ISMO debuted Martian Ice Hockey in Korolev, Noviymir and Mareotis. The Korolev series featured The Sands versus the Wildcards, playing back-to-back on both Saturni and Solis. The small spectator capacity at K-Rink was sold out with more than 250 curious attendees from across the colonies in attendance.
The Saturni game was a showcase of dominance by the Wildcards. The first goal came at 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the first period by Wildcards forward, Samuel Marquez, who fired a shot through the legs of Sands goaltender, Priya Christensen.
Before the end of the first 15 minute period, Carl Lindberg extended the Wildcards lead to 2-0 after a intercepting the puck from Sand's captain, Mitchell Cruz.
By the 2nd period, Sands seemed to lose composure and Mateo Martinez stole the show. Martinez, scored 5 consecutive goals against the Christensen who received little defensive support from her teammates.
In the 3rd, the Sands tightened their defences, but not enough to stop Martinez from netting his 6th and 7th goal before the end buzzer.
Of game 1, Martinez said, "We're very confident. Based on our practise games against Mareotis based teams, we know there is huge range in skill and competency, but having not played against the teams from the other home rinks, we just wanted to come out strong. We are, I am, very happy with the results."
Jules Arquette earned her first shutout stopping 12 shots from the Sands. Christensen faced 26 shots in the 9-0 loss.
On day 2, the Sands had hoped to forget Saturni's game. They came out aggressive in the first half of the period and were able to draw first blood. Forward Jared Foster snuck around Wildcard defender, AmeliaHarris, by arcing around the ramp. His first shot was blocked by Arquette, but was able to quickly flip the rebound under her pads.
The Sands, however, were not able to hold the lead long. Carl Linberg responded with 2 goals before end of period taking the wind out of the Sands offense.
Martinez made a repeat of his game 1 performance with a hat trick over the course of the 2nd period.
Jesse Andersen would get another goal on the board for the Sands in the 3rd, but Martinez would get the final word in the game. With 7 minutes remaining, Amelia Harris made a beautiful pass for Martinez to tip passed Christensen.
Wildcards win the game 6-2 and sweep the Sands on their home rink.
Over the two games, the Sands were clearly outplayed. They made a combined 24 shots on goal compared with 46 by the Wildcards.
"We were outplayed on both days by the Wildcards," said #28 Mitchell Cruz, Captain of the Sands, "When Carl (Lindberg) got that shorthanded goal in the first, we lost our momentum. We are just going to keep at it and do our best in our next game against the Cosmonauts."