In one of those rare inter-county clashes on the ice each winter, the DeMatha Hockey team overcame two, one-goal deficits to dispose of visiting Georgetown Prep, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon at the Garden’s Ice House in Laurel. DeMatha (17-15-3) had dominated the first period of play as the Stags owned a 13-5 advantage in shots […]
In one of those rare inter-county clashes on the ice each winter, the DeMatha Hockey team overcame two, one-goal deficits to dispose of visiting Georgetown Prep, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon at the Garden’s Ice House in Laurel.
DeMatha (17-15-3) had dominated the first period of play as the Stags owned a 13-5 advantage in shots on goals against the Little Hoyas, but as was the case one week earlier against Mt. St. Joseph’s when DeMatha’s 46-10 dominance in shots on goals was not entirely reflected on the scoreboard, the Stags were unable to score in the opener against Georgetown Prep freshman netminder Will Boggs.
After denying the Stags on a power play chance early in the second period, Georgetown Prep (6-5-3) eventually broke the scoreless deadlock on a power play late in the second period when a shot by Macdowell Johnston eluded DeMatha senior goalie Kevin Mackey’s glove and caromed off the right post and into the net to give the Little Hoyas a 1-0 lead with 2:23 remaining in the period.
Georgetown Prep looked poised to take the tepid advantage into the “Zamboni break” between the second and third periods, but the Stags drew even with only 7.2 seconds left in the second on a hard, low shot by Ryan Sneddon that bounced past Boggs. Through two periods of play, DeMatha owned a 20-10 advantage in shots on goals, but the Stags and Little Hoyas were tied at one apiece heading to the third.
“We have a tendency to start slow and today I thought both teams came out a little sluggish,” said DeMatha coach Tony MacAullay. “We had a few good scoring chances in the first period, but we didn’t finish.”
Sneddon actually had a good chance to break the deadlock in the opening seconds of the third period, but Boggs made a tough save and moments later the Little Hoyas responded. Jack Olson scored off an assist from Blaine Cole to give Georgetown Prep a 2-1 lead with 14:18 remaining and despite taking one-half as many shots as the Stags the Little Hoyas, momentarily, had scored twice as many goals.
DeMatha went on the offensive over the next five minutes and initially Boggs proved resolute, denying the Stags on a handful of good shots in close. But Brandon Cole scored on an assist from Austin Weber to tie the score at two-all with 10:28 remaining and less than 20 seconds later junior Max Morgan stuffed home a rebound off a shot from the point by John Henrici that gave the hosts a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish.
“John took a great shot from the top,” said Morgan, who sports a 3.7 grade point average and plans to major in evolutionary biology in college. “I was right there for the chance. We started a little slow, but after the second period our coach gave us an inspirational speech and we really got motivated by it. That last 10 minutes we just really started to get on a roll.”
Once the Stags gained the upper hand and the momentum they were able to pad their advantage. Ryan Sweeney gave the hosts some breathing room with a goal with 5:23 remaining in the contest and Nick Keppler essentially sealed the verdict with another goal 20 seconds later, as Kevin Mcguire was credited with an assist on each of the last two goals. After trailing 2-1 early in the third period, DeMatha countered with four unanswered goals over a five minute and 25-second span.
“We came into the game a little shorthanded,” said Georgetown Prep assistant coach Nick Bliss. “We were missing a couple of guys to injuries and a few other guys had other commitments. I thought the guys really played hard all the way to the end. They kept fighting even when we got behind in the third period.”
DeMatha is currently in the teeth of its Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League schedule with pending games against Archbishop Spalding on Friday, Calvert Hall on Monday, Gonzaga next Wednesday and then Mt. St. Joesph’s next Friday in the annual “Wounded Warrior” game at the Garden’s Ice House that is expected to attract a capacity crowd of 1,800 spectators.