The Enforcers met up with the Watertown Wolves one final time on Friday night. Despite having won the season series Elmira has Watertown in the first round of the playoffs and will be looking to find a way to make their way to the Championship round in their very first round. Before that could happen though these two teams had one final matchup in the regular season at Watertown Municipal Arena.
The first period saw a lot of shots as the teams combined for 28 in total, but the Wolves scored first as just before the halfway point Aleh Shypitsyn threw one at the net and Anton Kalinin was able to tip it by Nick Niedert to break the initial tie. The Enforcers have not sat back all season though and with 16:21 having ticked away they dug at the net while on a power play and Mitch Atkins was able to tip one under the glove of David Otter to tie it up.
The second period certainley picked up in excitement as :56 into the the period Tyler Prendergast the former Enforcers blew one by Niedert and then a few minutes later was able to double up the lead for the Wolves 3-1. The second goal of the period certainly woke up the Enforcers as Kyle Stevens scored just 40 seconds later to bring it back within a goal. 2:50 later Anthony Netto on a celebrity contract came in and scored off a beauty of a drop from Mitch Atkins. Things quieted down until Elmira’s Marko Novosel dropped in a beauty of a shorthanded goal from an odd angle and gave the Enforcers their first lead of the night with just :23 seconds to go in the period. The second ended with a 32-30 shot advantage for Watertown.
The third period saw but one goal as Stevens put in an empty netter, but despite the only offense of the period the Enforcers played defense for the most part. Watertown fired 14 shots and Niedert stood up to every single one. A huge game for the Enforcers and Niedert as they came away with the victory and the momentum heading into the playoff series next week.
The Enforcers first ever playoff game begins next Friday in Watertown at 7:35pm before coming home to First Arena on Saturday April 13that 7:05. The first playoff game in Elmira in 6 years.