Jokers win; Berrelli brilliant!!
The Jokers of Doom faced the Yellow Jackets Wednesday night in what turned out to be a close, hard fought, 2-0 win. Not surprisingly, the Yellow Jackets, who have improved their roster at most positions over the course of the season, showed up ready for a victory against The Jokers.
The Jokers were outshot 32-23 but goaltender Josh Berelli denied each one, making incredible saves to secure the shutout victory. Defensemen Devon Sylvester got the Jokers on the board at 6:11 of the first period. Sylvester attempted to clear the zone and hit a Yellow Jackets player and found its way through the rafters and over the head of the opposing goalie. The odd goal would stand through the end of the first frame.
The next two periods were just as tightly contested though. The Yellow Jackets kept coming hard but the solid team defense and amazing goaltending by Berrelli held them off. Center Ray Glowicki scored late in the third on an empty net to seal the game. Winger John DeLuca was credited with an assist on the play. The win secured a third place finish for the Jokers who will have a tough test in the first round against Big Fish.