Rockwall out-skates Midlothian, 3-1
The Ellis County Press
MIDLOTHIAN - Midlothian and Rockwall went head-to-head Thursday at the Dr. Pepper Stars Center in Duncanville.
Midlothian brought a full bench to the match-up while Rockwall played a short bench, or only about half of a full roster.
Even with a short bench, Rockwall had the obvious advantage out-skating Midlothian every chance possible.
Both teams were scoreless until 3:21 left in the first period when Rockwall’s Morgan Cooke, assisted by Joey Ulmann, scored a goal putting them up 1-0 going into the second period.
Rockwall was able to score their first goal short-handed as one of their players was in the penalty box.
With 3:51 left in the second period, Rockwall’s Morgan Cooke, assisted by Stefan Skinner and Joey Ulmann, scored the second goal of the game on a power play.
Midlothian finally answered back with 1:17 left in the period on a McClain Williamson to David Scott goal to bring the score to 2-1.
That would be all the scoring Midlothian would be able to accomplish as Rockwall’s Preston Roberts scored the third and final goal of the game, again short-handed, with 2:28 left in the third period.
Midlothian had a total of 16 minutes of penalties, mostly for roughing and holding, throughout the entire game.
Rockwall also had 16 minutes of penalties mainly for roughing and one player suspended in the first period for the rest of the game.
Midlothian, who was the home team, had a total of 24 shots on goal and only one goal scored.
Rockwall had 16 shots on goal with three scored.
For a mildly complex game, there was an overabundance of penalties on both sides.
Bad attitudes and tempers flared for both teams.
Midlothian’s lack of scoring could be attributed to the fact that they continuously hit at the goalie’s chest pads instead of aiming for the open pockets.
Midlothian was also weak in their communication skills, accuracy of passing, and lack of zone coverage.
All of these failings could be associated with the absence of head coach Ryan Pfeiffer who had to sit out one game due to the excessive amount of player penalties resulting from the last game against Richardson before the Christmas break.