The game was over, for all intents and purposes, when D.C. was leading 5-1 with 2:26 left in the first quarter.
The Nighthawks had just called a timeout to steady themselves after the Current’s opening statement. Vancouver brought out its offensive rotation’s double team after a turnover, only Eddie Peters was having no part of it. He reversed the field in one throw with a strikingly aggressive hammer out of the double team to start the possession.
D.C. scored here to gain a four-point lead, far from insurmountable, but sizable. How D.C. won that point, by facing adversity and attacking it, was notable. Acknowledging the fear, sizing it up, and going after it revealed a confidence born of preparation and ability.
D.C. was up 13-4 at half and their offense had not thrown a turnover. In fact, in the first quarter, the Current threw zero turnovers on the way to two offensive goals, six breaks and a definitive 8-2 lead. After they followed it up with a 5-2 second quarter, the question on spectators’ minds was, would Vancouver make a game of it? What would …