BENEDICTINE 8, ST JOHN VIANNEY 3
On Friday, November 23rd, the Benedictine Bengals traveled to the Chiller Dublin Arena to take on the St. John Vianney Griffins in the opening game of pool play in the Chiller Thanksgiving Classic Tournament. Despite a long morning bus ride from Missouri to Ohio, the Griffins jumped out to a 2 – 0 lead 10 minutes into the game. However, the Bengals quickly rebounded with goals by Mike Wilk (assisted by Mike Price) and Matt Carson (assisted by Andrew Schiffer) to tie the score at 2 all. The first power play of the game was then awarded to the Bengals, but it resulted in a shorthanded goal for the Griffins, who took a 3-2 lead. Freshman Jack Kehres countered less than a minute later with an end-to-end rush resulting in a power play goal that tied the game at 3 all, which is how the first period ended. Tristan Cotter saved 10 of 13 shots in the first period.
The Bengals took advantage of an early 2nd period Griffin penalty to take a 4-3 lead on Wilk’s 2nd goal of the game. The power play goal was assisted by Carson and Jack McBride. The Bengals ended the 2nd period by killing off 3 straight penalties, allowing Benedictine to take a 4-3 lead into the 3rd period. Cotter stopped all 12 shots he faced in the 2nd stanza.
An early 3rd period goal by Mike Price extended the Bengal lead to 5-3. McBride and Mike Iammarino provided the assists. Jack McBride followed with his first goal of the season, assisted by Iammarino and Price, increasing the lead to 6-3. Will Kehres nice pass set captain Matt Carson in for a breakaway goal later in the period. The last goal of the game came from senior Andrew Schiffer who beat the Griffin keeper short side top shelf, with Carson adding his 2nd assist of the game. Junior goalie Cotter rejected all 8 Griffin shots in the 3rd period to pick up his first win of the season, stopping 30 of 33 Griffin shots in the game.
by Mr. Karl Schiffer