The last time FVS faced Tahoe Hockey Academy in late September, it took a four-goal deficit to wake up the Danes. The Danes eventually came back and forced overtime.
Today's game featured a similar start, with Tahoe building a 5-0 lead by the halfway point of the game. Slow, uncommitted forechecking allowed the Tahoe team to break out with little resistance, and struggles with FVS's defensive-zone coverage assignments resulted in several prime scoring opportunities for the opponent. Despite the wide margin, Morgen Redd (Riverside, Calif.) played well to keep the score from an even wider margin.
The Danes awoke half-way through the second period, when the "Red Power Play" of Soren Bredeson (Eagle), Bennett Blake (Dallas, Texas), Zane Reynolds (Eagle), Will Haynes (Vail) and Stephan Shlain (Studio City, Calif.) exercised great puck-retrieval and net-front presence, with Shlain shelfing a backhand through a scramble to finally put the Danes on the board.
In the third period Will Graney (Colorado Springs) scored his first goal of the year, tucking in a rebound after Collin White (Monument) found a nice "soft area" as a result of disciplined forechecking positioning.
The two goals int he second half weren't enough, and Tahoe ended up winning 6-2.