Friday, December 28, 2007
Losing Ways Continue
In the return of starting goaltender Ryan Miller, Minnesota could feel only optimism about its chances against the Kelowna Cats. Team officials called the game the single most important game of the season up to this point when Minnesota was looking to break their 7 game losing streak against Kelowna.
The game started out even with a 0-0 tie going into the second period. Former Rink Rat Martin Rucinsky broke the scoring to take a quick lead in the second period and the Cats never looked back.
"They had a nice second period and unfortunately we didn't have enough to stop them tonight," said captain Marc Savard. "We were hoping to come out strong since Ryan is back and healthy but they just outplayed us. This makes our next game that much more important."
The Rink Rats' only goal came late in the 3rd period from rookie winger Petr Kalus when he was set up with a nice back-door goal from Matthew Lombardi. Ryan Miller made 24 of 28 saves in his return to the club. The Rink Rats are currently in 8th place in their conference, 3 games ahead of the Detroit Cougars.