Piaget takes Ylvisaker Cup in 13–12 shootout

Piaget takes Ylvisaker Cup in 13-12 shootout

Alex Webbe

Sunday’s finals of the 2012 20-goal Ylvisaker Cup was a
family affair-with Marc Ganzi’s Audi team taking on wife Melissa Ganzi’s Piaget
foursome, but the fast-paced action on the field had all eyes riveted on the
play until Miguel Astrada’s seventh goal of the game resulted in a 13-12 Piaget

The Piaget and Audi teams maneuvered their way through a
field of 16 teams, the largest number of 20-goal teams ever assembled for play
in the Ylvisaker Cup competition.

Jason Crowder got Piaget rolling in the opening chukker
of play with a goal from the field followed by a penalty conversion from
teammate Miguel Astrada for a 2-0 lead. 
Lucas Lalor responded for Audi with a well-placed shot through the
Piaget goalposts.  Astrada scored his
second goal of the chukker, as Piaget moved out to a 3-1 advantage, but a final
goal from Nic Roldan kept Audi on their heels, trailing 3-2.

Audi cranked it up a notch in the second chukker, picking
up a pair of goals from Roldan (one from the field and one on a penalty shot)
as they took their first lead of the game, 4-3. 
Astrada kept it all even at 4-4 with a goal from the field to end the

Crowder scored his second goal of the game to open the
third to give Piaget a 5-4 edge, but Audi struck back.  Three straight goals from Roldan (two on
penalty shots and one from the field) turned the game back around, giving Audi
the lead back, 7-5.  Juan Bollini scored
the final goal of the chukker, but Piaget trailed, 7-6 at the end of the first
half of the game.

Piaget took control of the pace and the ball in the
fourth period.  A penalty goal from
Astrada was followed by two more goals from Crowder.  As impressive was the Piaget offense was, the
defense was better.  For the first timer
all day the Audi attack was shut down as Piaget took a 9-7 lead into the fifth
period of play.

A 60-yard penalty conversion from Astrada had Audi ahead,
10-7 with a goal in the fifth, but Audi rallied.  Two goals from Roldan cut the lead to a
single goal,10-9, as the final horn sounded for the chukker.

The final chukker of the game was the most exciting seven
minutes of the day.  Lalor scored on an
impressive shot in the sixth to knot it up at 10-10, but Astrada answered with
a 60-yard penalty goal to give the lead back to Piaget, 11-10.  Rodrigo Andrade scored from the field for Audi,
to make it all even at 11-11.  Crowder
scored again as Piaget moved out to a 12-11 lead, but Audi wasn’t through.  Roldan scored a penalty goal from 60-yards
away to make it 12-12 with less than two minutes left in regulation time.  With less than a minute to play, Piaget drew
a foul from an opposing player and Astrada connected on his fifth successful
penalty shot for the 13-12 win.

Nic Roldan set the pace for Audi with nine goals.  Lalor accounted for two goals and Andrade
scored once in the loss.

Astrada was credited with seven goals for Piaget.  Crowder scored five times and was named MVP
for his efforts and Bollini added a goal in the win.

Crowder’s nine-year-old brown mare, Ruby, was named Best
Playing Pony.