Oysters erupt in the fourth
EDWARDS – The Rocky Mountain Oysters may have needed a new watering hole Friday night.The Oysters, a mix of Coloradans and East Coasters, got six fourth-quarter goals in Round 1 of the Men’s Elite division to break a 5-5 tie on their way to an 11-6 win over Tap Room, pretty much the official bar of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout. Oh, well, there’s always the Red Lion or Paddy’s. (It should be noted that the Oysters were at the Tap Room Thursday night.)During the third period, it looked like there was going to be a heck of a party at the Tap Room Friday night. Tap Room erased a 5-2 Rocky Mountain lead in the third with two from Jared Law, who ended up with a hat trick, and another from Jason Balmer to tie it.But the Oysters blew it open in the fourth.”We shut them down in the third. They didn’t score at all in the third. The fourth quarter, I think we were just had a bunch of young guys, who are all in the pink shirts,” Tap Room coach Chris Spangler said, referring to the rookie hazing on his team. “You know who the new blood is. I think the Navy recruits were pretty good players and they just hung in there a little more than we did. It was a good close game, but they came out on top.””I’d have to give it to some speed on the attack and also our faceoffs,” Oysters coach Aaron Laaveg said. “Chris Pieczonka came through with a lot of good (faceoffs) and that gave us a lot of possessions and fast breaks.”And the Oysters were off to the races. Jason Jeffries started it with the first of two with 11:18 left in the game. Two minutes later, Brett Hamilton-Koll put in his fourth of the day. Laaveg and Travis Tomczak followed and the Rocky Mountain Oysters made themselves a date with No. 2 GMH today at 11 a.m. at Ford Park.
“We weren’t really going hard in that third quarter, I don’t think,” Hamilton-Koll said. “I think we had a letdown. We really didn’t really finish a lot of shots we should have. We came out in the fourth quarter and everybody collectively stepped it up.”That would include Oysters goalie Matt Russell from Navy. Last year, he was an All-American and this year he was second-team All-American.”That’s awesome,” Hamilton-Koll said. “I have a really good time watching him on TV, so I’m glad he’s on our team, so I can watch him in real life.””It’s great. It’s a dream for these younger players,” Spangler said. “We’ve got a lot of instate guys and they love going against these Division I players. It’s a treat for them to test their skills against the bigger boys.”Tap Room goes into the consolation bracket and will take on City Grille/Flying Dog today at 3:30 p.m. in Edwards.Friday’s Men’s Elite gamesMammoth 10, The Usual Suspects 0
Team 21 10, Fubar 9Merrill Lynch 16, A-Team 4Team Go Fast, 14, Replacements 3Rebel Lacrosse/Jammin’ Salmon 14, Northwest Nirvana 5Rock-It Pocket 11, Team Guttman 6Rocky Mountain Oysters 11, Rap Room 6GMH 13, City Grille/Flying Dog 2
Today’s championship bracket gamesAll at Ford FieldRebel Lacrosse/Jammin’ Salmon vs. Rock-It Pocket, 9 a.m.Rocky Mountain Oysters vs. GMH, 11 a.m.Mammoth vs. Team 21, 1 p.m.Merrill Lynch vs. Team Go Fast, 2 p.m.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado