Some fight for the glory. Some fight for bragging rights. Some fight for…fried pickles?
(Did I fit that in okay C.W.?)
The Eagle Deflectors, a manual wheelchair team, won 3-2 in the first contest. It was particularly challenging game as two of the Eagle players are affiliated with the Fury. They were privy to the Fury’s moves and strategies.
The power wheelchair gang showed no sign of defeat as they prepared for round number two with the Carolina Hurricanes employees.
The Canes staff included:
Ryan O’Quinn (Coordinator of Promotions and Fan Development)
Matt Horton (Client Relations Representative)
Dustin Kilpatrick (Former Canes employee)
Tim Corrigan (Client Relations Representative)
Johnny “Quadzilla” Holland (RBC Center Box Office)
Jon Chase (Director of Community Relations and Promotions)
Doug Warf (Senior Director of Marketing/Executive Director of Kids ‘N Community Foundation)
The Fury won the first faceoff and kept the unfamiliar manual wheelchair bound Canes staff at bay for the first half of the period. It was more than amusing watching some of the ambulatory guys get a grip on their wheelchair handling. Once they found their wheels, Doug Warf scored goal at 12:12. It was the Kids ‘N Community director’s first goal in the four years he had been participating. A referee jokingly gave Doug the scoring ball (puck) as a memento.
Ryan O’Quinn kept the Canes momentum with another goal roughly two minutes later. Fury offenseman Cameron Williams had a great break away to aid his team, but the Canes made the block. A relentless Canes staff scored the third goal with six minutes remaining in the first.
#12 Cameron Williams made a game shift for the Fury with a tip-in goal with just 3:33 remaining in the first twenty. PowerHockey™ player George Silvey kept an intense focus to prevent the visiting team from more shot attempts.
Williams raced on a breakaway and battled a 2-on-1 for his second goal with a mere 50 seconds left in the first. Grins decorated the home team’s faces and you knew the Fury wasn’t going down without a fight. Williams made another stellar shot, but was swallowed by the Canes goalie.
The first intermission boasted entertainment as the teams recollected for the second period. I was volunteered for this entertainment, along with another helpless victim. It was a nine chance shootout. I was up first and went 3/6 until someone yelled, “Skinner, Skinner!” That’s all the encouragement I needed. I sent the remaining three pucks to the back of the net which gave me the win. I am now a proud owner of the Carolina Fury shirt!
The final round went scoreless for each team, which sent the contest into five minutes of sudden-death overtime. Canes staff won their first game in four years with Doug Warf’s second goal of the afternoon. Jon Chase was credited with the assist. Carolina Hurricanes staff won 4-3.
It was a hard fought contest, and the Fury played a relentless 63 minutes. Cardiac Cane’s stars of the game:
3. George Slivey
2. Doug Warf
1. Cameron Williams
Be sure to support this imperitive organization by visiting their website at www.ncpowerhockey.com and attending their next game April 16th at Charles B. Aycock High School in Pike, NC.
More pictures and videos coming soon!