ANN ARBOR– Forward Ricky Winowiecki scored the go-ahead goal with just minutes left as Ashley’s Ruination defeated the Dragons 4-3 Tuesday night. The goal was especially satisfying for Winowowiecki, who overcame a 10-minute misconduct and a hostile home crowd to score the game-winner.
“That’s Ricky for you,” said GM Mark Woods. “He loves an audience.”
The capacity crowd of ten– mostly parents, grandparents, and wife or girlfriend– watched as Ruination jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. However, the Dragons began to increase the intensity, leading to several penalties, but also creating scoring opportunities to Ruination’s dismay.
The aggressive play led to frustration, resulting in a misconduct for Winowiecki. The Dragons proceeded to score the next three goals and seized firm command of the game. However, the aggressive play slowly worked against them, leaving the Dragons in short-handed situations for much of the third period.
A goal here, and a goal there, and suddenly Ruination finishes on top. WInowiecki leaped in the air upon scoring the game winner, embraced teammates in some form of interpretive dance, then low-fived teammates on the bench.
“I’m really jazzed,” said WInowiecki. He noted the obstacles of the crowd, the penalty, and even ending a date prematurely for the sake of the game. “It was all worth it,” he stated.