The Foxes arrived for the 3-on-3 hockey game and looked onto the ice to scout their opponents. The Foxes were the defending champions. They had heard all the rumours about this year’s rough and tough challengers: The Ice Breakers.
“These guys do look tough”, said Little Fox, as he watched Polar Bear, Walrus, and Seal skate around with mean looks on their faces.
“We can take them,” said Middle Fox, and Big Fox nodded in agreement.
Puffin — the old referee — dropped the puck and the game was underway. Rather than going for the puck on the draw, Polar Bear body checked Big Fox to the ground. Polar Bear scooped up the puck, wound up, and took a slap shot that went over Little Fox’s shoulder and into the top corner of the net. 1-0 Ice Breakers.
Play continued with the players skating up and down the ice at a frenetic pace. When the puck went into a corner, Walrus checked Middle Fox into the boards. Walrus picked up the puck and took a wrist shot. It went straight through the legs of Little Fox in goal. 2-0 Ice Breakers.
The Foxes re-grouped and the game continued. The Foxes were having a difficult time scoring on Walrus, who was stopping all the pucks with his huge body. Near the end of the second period, Seal took the puck behind the net and surprised Little Fox with a skilful wraparound. 3-0 Ice Breakers.
Puffin blows the whistle to signify the end of the second period.
“These guys are way too big and strong,” says Middle Fox.
“Yea, and it’s impossible to score on Seal. He’s covering, like… 95% of the net!” said Big Fox.
“We can do this!” shouted Little Fox. “We’re only down 3-0.”
The Foxes huddled up and talked about what they would do.
Puffin blew the whistle to start the third period…