Pylons hang on to defeat Yosaku

by Chad Marescalchi

Portland, Maine -- The Pylons started the season off on the right foot as they scored two unanswered in the third to take the win from Yosaku, just two weeks after losing the Winter season Championship.

Yosaku began the game with constant offense but was unable to capitalize on the thirteen first period shots, and twenty-two total shot attempts in the first frame. The Pylons' sound defense was able to limit open rebounds that were not collected by goalie Ben Walz. 

The middle frame was merely focused in the offensive zone for the Pylons, who put up fourteen shots on Patrick Cochrane who was playing in just his third CHL game over two seasons. Cochrane showed stability for this Yosaku team who tends to lose games late despite having one of the best Elite League teams on paper. Derek Hengstenberg broke the ice at the 9:45 mark of the second period to give Yosaku a 1-0 lead into the final fourteen.

Cochrane had a stellar first half of the final frame, stopping periodic offense from the Pylons, but as usual, the Pylons would score twice, (7:50 Arthur Phillips (1)) and just moments later at 7:07 league rookie Jeff Dunkle would score is first career goal. Walz would go on to stop twelve more shots in the third and the Pylons would skate off with a 2-1 win to begin their summer season campaign.