As is usually the case when two great teams square off, The 2014 Meatbird Cup will come down to the final game. The Green Oglethorpes evened the best of 5 series at two games a piece with a convincing 9-7 win over the Yellow Hosers in game 4. The return of Pat O’Connell (upper body injury) and goalie Tom Evans (personal reasons) boosted the spirits of a team on the brink of elimination. They came out firing, and posted a 4-1 lead after 30 minutes of play. Yellow continued to peck away at the lead, but strong play from brethren Clarke on the blue line and some key saves by Evans kept them at bay. Injuries to Marc Nadeau and Scott Dickson hurt, with Dickson rehabbing a separated shoulder and is questionable for game 5. Nadeau is awaiting an MRI, but looks lost for the season.
The game was chippy throughout, with Steve Galavotti blindsiding O’Connell early on to set the tone. Bobby “High” Stickles backed up his nickname, and forward Don Watson had the stickwork cranking all night. Goalie Boo Davison threw up some bulletin board material after a dust up with Oglethorpe Captain Chris Maclean, “Pretty confident we win game 5 if we play our game. We got a little undisciplined early on and it cost us. Regroup and win it on Tuesday.”