Dundalk Bulls were slow out of the starting blocks on Saturday night even though Willie Morrison scored with just 23 seconds on the clock with an assist from Bill McKiernan to give them a great start.
The Rams stuck to their game plan and equalized after just seven minutes. Andrew Mioriarty getting the goal assisted by Hunter Cape. Both goalkeepers were kept busy with the Bulls Christian Ajnesjo pulling off some great saves for Dundalk to keep them in the hunt for the score level at 1-1
The game ebbed backward and forward with a very good old fashion hockey game following. The end-to-end play had the crowd on the edge of their seats for all of the game.
The Bulls Captain, Scotsman Kenny Redmond who plays the perfect gentle on and off the ice was outstanding but it was the McKiernan, Morrison and Hogberg line that was doing the damage for the Bulls.
54 seconds into the second period Bill McKiernan scored the eventual winner with an assist from Willie Morrison. The Rams upped their game and took it to the Bulls doing everything but score.
Coach Roy Cooper stated after the game. It was like there was a layer of Plexiglas around their goal and no matter what we did we couldn’t even buy a goal. However it didn’t stop the good work ethics of the Dublin Rams who just kept plugging away.
Mid-way through the third period against the run of the puck the Bulls Mark Bailey was forechecking the Rams defenseman in their zone. The Ram’s defenseman held the puck in the slot a second too long and Bailey scored the insurance goal for the Dundalk unassisted making the score 3-1 Dundalk.
With exciting games like Saturday nights encounter being more the norm I sure the new found sport of Ice Hockey, witness by the Canadian Ambassador Patrick Binns will attract even bigger crowds in Dundalk making it the place to go on the Weekend for entertainment and a great night out.