The Benedictine Bengals lost a tough 4-3 overtime decision to the division leading Orange Lions on Sunday evening, December 17th at the Pond of Auburn ice arena. The Bengals record fell to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in White Division league play, while Orange improved its’ record to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in the league.
The Bengals had the better of the scoring chances throughout most of the 1st period, but could put the puck past Orange netminder Danny Moore. Orange eventually took a 1-0 lead on at 1:26 of the first period after the Bengals twice failed to clear the puck from their defensive zone. Sophomore goalkeeper Tristan Cotter stopped 7 of 8 Lion shots in the period.
Orange increased the lead to 2-0 a quick 21 seconds into the 2nd period, and then pushed the lead to 3-0 with a power play goal at the 10:05 mark of the period. Cotter made several key saves to keep the Bengals in the game, before the Bengals finally got on the scoreboard with 1:49 left in the 2nd period when junior Co-captain Matt Carson scored his team leading 15th goal of the season with a hard wrist shot from the left face-off circle off of an assist by junior Andrew Schiffer. Just 42 seconds later, Schiffer narrowed the deficit to 3-2 when he walked in from the left dasher boards and ripped a wrist shot short-side top-corner past the Lion goaltender. The 2nd period ended 3-2 and the Bengals had new life.
The Bengals appeared to score the equalizer 4 minutes into the 3rd period when the Orange goalkeeper mishandled a dump-in by Carson, but the referees did not see the puck enter the net and the game continued. The Bengals would finally complete the comeback and tie the game at the 7:45 mark of the 3rd period when senior Luke Brown buried a rebound after freshman Luke Faulisi fired the puck in from the point. Besides the Faulisi assist, Schiffer picked up his team leading 11th assist of the season on the play. Neither team was able to score in the final 7+ minutes, as Cotter turned aside all 11 Lion shots in the 3rd period.
Neither team had many opportunities in the ensuing overtime period, until Orange’s Justin Beachler scored a game winning rebound goal from a scramble in front with 2:07 left. Cotter stopped 25 of 29 shots on the day in picking up his 2nd OT loss of the season. His record now stands at 5 wins, 4 losses.
The Bengals overall record is now 5 wins, 4 losses, while their league record is 2 wins, 2 losses.
The Bengals next game is after the Christmas holiday when they take on the Strongsville Mustangs from the Red South Division on Wednesday, December 27th @ 4:30pm in the opening match of the Cleveland Heights Holiday Tournament at the Cleveland Heights Ice Pavilion. Benedictine will also face NDCL (Thursday, 12/28 @ 9:45am) and Columbus Bishop Watterson (Thursday, 12/28 @ 6:15pm) in the pool play of the tournament. If the Bengals advance past pool play, they will play on Friday, 12/29 at either 4:30pm (consolation) or 7:00pm (championship). All games will be contested at the Cleveland Heights Ice Pavilion.
|Benedictine||(5-4 overall, 2-2 league)|
|Orange||(10-1 overall, 4-0 league)|
|Orange||Tommy Hill (Jake Sonkin) 1:26|
|Orange||Scott Hill (Pablo Garcia) 14:39|
|Orange||Scott Hill (Zach Cohen) PP 10:05|
|Benedictine||Matt Carson (Andrew Schiffer) 1:49|
|Benedictine||Andrew Schiffer (Mike Price) 1:07|
|Benedictine||Luke Brown (Andrew Schiffer, Luke Faulisi) 7:45|
|Orange||Justin Beachler (Zach Cohen, Jake Sonkin) 2:17|
|Benedictine||Tristan Cotter (OT Loss, 29 shots, 25 saves)|
|Orange||Danny Moore (Win, 18 shots, 15 saves)|
|Power Plays||Benedictine (0 of 3), Orange (1 of 4)|