BATTLE CREEK’S POWER PLAY PRODUCES THREE OF TEAM’S FIRST FOUR GOALS IN CLUB HISTORY
RECORD REVIEW: Unveiled for the first time in their new hockey home of Battle Creek, the Rumble Bees fought until the final horn both Friday and Saturday nights in sustaining 7-1 and 6-3 setbacks respectively against West Division rivals, the Danville Dashers. On Friday night, in their grand opening night bonanza extravaganza, the Rumble Bees were humbled by 5-Dashers’ power play goals as well as a three-goals’ unanswered third period output in a 7-1 defeat. Defenseman Vinnie Susi accounted for the home team’s firepower with a second period PPG. Saturday night, the Rumble Bees were gallant in defeat rallying to dissipate three deficits to a scant singleton before bowing to the visitors, 6-3. Nathan Margets (PPG), Carl Mansson (PPG) and Phoenix McElroy-Scott connected for BC with Susi authoring two more points, both through power play assists. Jake Mullen was in goal in both contests for the Rumble Bees, facing a combined 95-shots’ salvo in the two outings.
THE SUPREME SUSI: Diminutive, dynamic defenseman Vince Susi enjoyed an outstanding premiere on the backline for Battle Creek. The Pittsburgh, PA product was integral and instrumental on his team’s first-ever three goals the past weekend. With those initial three goals all generated by the Rumble Bees’ percolating power play, Susi attained the historical distinction of scoring the first-ever goal in club history, the lone goal in the Friday night setback before assisting on the first two goals, also on the power play on Saturday night. For the week, the 5-7, 160lb rearguard was 2(1-2-3) with 3-power play points as the team’s premiere point-producer for the opening weekend of the season. He was named the game’s #3 Star on Friday night.
MARGETS GETS IT: Swift center Nathan Margets emerged as a prominent, per-eminent force for the home team the past weekend. Making the transition from right wing to center in the span of less than 24-hours, the Wake Forest, NC native contributed considerably to his team’s attack. On Saturday night, he made connection on a PPG before adding one assist in a two-points’ output; (1-1-2).
CARL CAGES ONE: First-year right wing Carl Mansson demonstrated his uncanny scoring knack on the attack on Saturday night as he sizzled his first goal of the young season in the second period. The Swedish import’s strike was stoked a mere moments after his apparent initial thrust had been disallowed. That goal would have tied the game at 2-2 in the same stanza. Mansson essayed a three-goals’ “hat trick” one week earlier in the team’s inter-squad game. Incorporating the pre-season, all 4 of his goals have been registered by way of the power play.
RUMBLE BEES BUZZING: Following the inaugural weekend of the 2019-20 FPHL campaign, the Rumble Bees listing of their top scoring artisans: (1) Vince Susi 2(1-2-3); (2) Nathan Margets 2(1-1-2); (3) Karndeep Natt 2(0-2-2); (4) Carl Mansson 2(1-0-1); (5) Phoenix McElroy-Scott 2(1-0-1).
POWER PLAY PRODUCTION: The Rumble Bees extra man band was crooning a cool tune the past weekend. Three of the club’s 4-GF were by virtue of the man advantage, including their initial three goals of the new season. For the weekend, the Battle Creek power plant power play operated at a stellar 25.0% proficiency rating, going 3 for 12 with those 3-PPG coming on their last 6-advantages; 3 for the last 6 for a prolific 50.0 conversion rate. Meanwhile, the penalty-killing cast operated at an efficiency rating of 57.1% with the opposition connecting on 6 for 14.
FEW FUN FAST FACTS FROM “FIC”: In their inaugural weekend of their history, the Rumble Bees scored 3 of their 4-goals in the second period with all 3 of those coming on the power play. Battle Creek has not led or tied in either contest through the first 6-periods of the season. Scoring by periods: First: 0-3; second: 3-4; third: 1-6. Left wing Cliff Ogle served a one-game suspension on Saturday night for the Rumble Bees.
RUMBLE BEES RADIO: Every Rumble Bees game, play-by-play, home and away, all the way is broadcast live on the Rumble Bees’ exclusive radio home of WFAT 102.7 FM, “The Fat One,” and 930 AM right here in Battle Creek with the “Voice of The Rumble Bees,” Terry Ficorelli. Fans can stay up to date every day even when there is not a game with “The Rumble Bees Hockey Update,” Monday through Friday at 4:35 pm, also on WFAT 102.7 FM, “The Fat One,” and 930 AM.
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