The Benedictine Bengals beat the Chagrin Falls Tigers 2-0 on Saturday afternoon, February 3rd at the Pond of Auburn to secure 3rd place in the White South Division and a berth in the Barons Cup II post season tournament. Sophomore goaltender Tristan Cotter turned aside all 30 shots from the Tigers in recording his 1st shutout of the season and 6th of his Bengal career. The Bengals return to the ice on Tuesday, February 6th @ 8:30pm at the Brooklyn Ice Arena when they face the Canfield Cardinals in the quarterfinal round of the Barons Cup II post season tournament.
The first period was scoreless as the Bengals failed to capitalize on two power-play opportunities. Cotter turned aside 8 shots in the opening stanza while the Chagrin Falls netminder stopped all 5 of the shots he faced. The Bengals special teams got on track in the 2nd period by not only killing off 2 Benedictine penalties, but also by scoring the first goal of the game, a shorthanded effort by freshman Mike Price at the 9:09 mark. Price’s aggressive fore-checking was rewarded as he capitalized on a turnover by the Tigers goalkeeper and buried the puck in the vacated net for his 12th goal of the season. The Bengals missed out on a great opportunity to extend the lead late in the 2nd period when they failed to score during a lengthy 2 man advantage. The period ended with a 1-0 Benedictine lead. Cotter rejected all 10 Tiger shots in the period, including several nice glove saves.
A late 2nd period penalty against the Tigers gave the Bengals another power play opportunity to start the 3rd period and Matt Carson took advantage at the 14:05 mark when his wrist shot beat the Chagrin Falls goalie short side top shelf. The goal was Carson’s 8th power play goal of the season and 32nd goal overall, both of which lead the team. A string of 4 consecutive penalties forced the Bengals to play the majority of the 3rd period down a man, but their penalty killing units, led by goalkeeper Cotter, kept the Tigers off the scoreboard. Cotter stopped all 15 Tiger shots in the period for a total of 30 saves in the game. Cotter’s record now stands at 11-10-2, with 3 of the losses coming in OT.
The Bengals overall record is now 12-10-2 and they finished their White South Division league play at 6-4-0, good enough for 3rd place. The Orange Lions took 1st place in the White South with an undefeated 10-0-0 record and the Canfield Cardinals were in 2nd place at 7-3-0. NDCL captured 4th place with a 5-5-0 record.
|4:30pm, 02/03/2018, Benedictine vs. Chagrin Falls, White South Division|
|Chagrin Falls||(10-20-0 overall, 2-8-0 league)|
|Benedictine||(12-10-2 overall, 6-4-0 league)|
|Benedictine||Mike Price (unassisted) SH 9:09|
|Benedictine||Matt Carson (unassisted) PP 14:05|
|Chagrin Falls||Ben Winowich (Loss, 26 shots, 24 saves)|
|Benedictine||Tristan Cotter (Win, 30 shots, 30 saves)|
|Power Plays||Chagrin Falls (0 of 6), Benedictine (1 of 6)|