Redwoods LC stepped up on both ends as they devoured Chrome LC, especially in the second half, to get the 18-7 win and secure a berth in the playoffs. It was a much improved performance from Redwoods all around after a horrific showing last week.
Ryder Garnsey led the way for Redwoods with seven points (4G/3A) in the win. Matt Kavanagh also scored four goals, including a two-pointer to also aid Redwoods in this one.
Chrome was led by Jordan Wolf with three points (1G/2A) and Justin Guterding with two goals. Ned Crotty also had two points (1G/1A) for Chrome.
Less than a minute into the game, Sergio Perkovic found the back of the net to get the scoring started for Redwoods. Pat Harbeson extended the Redwoods lead to 2-0 with a quick goal on their next possession. Chrome answered with two quick goals from Justin Guterding and Jordan Wolf to tie things up at 2.
Midway through the first, Brett Queener delivered a brutal hit on Jules Heningburg which turned into a brawl. Both sides were handed multiple penalties, including eight total minutes of penalties for Queener. Heningburg left the game with a concussion and would not return.
With things ties at 3 heading into the second, the quarter started out with some very heavy defensive play as neither team could get their offense going again. Midway through the second Chrome got going with a Ned Crotty goal. Redwoods followed with a three-goal run, sparked by a Greg Gurelian goal right off the faceoff. Chrome used a two-goal run at the end of the half to tie things up at 6, but a Matt Kavanagh buzzer beater from two gave Redwoods an 8-6 lead heading into the half.
Redwoods owned the third quarter as they controlled the pace and dominated on both ends. They got their offense going midway through the quarter with Matt Kavanagh and Clarke Petterson, putting them up 10-6. Matt Kavanagh scored another one with 37 seconds in the quarter, giving Redwoods an 11-6 lead heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, Redwoods extended their run to ten straight goals as they put this one to rest with much ease. Simon Mathais was able to get Chrome their first goal of the half late in the fourth, but this one was already decided as Redwoods walked away with the 18-7 victory and secure a playoff spot.