Boys Varsity Ice Hockey
Game Summaries & Headlines.
To say the Griffins surprised the Warriors is an understatement. The Griffins came out strong from the drop of the puck to the final whistle in overtime; they kept their foot on the gas and made the Warriors work for every goal. Sophomore Quinn Mose opened the scoring at the halfway mark of the first period, with assists from linemates Mason Devost and Preston Kirby. But it was a short lead, as the Warriors struck back less than a minute later.
The Warriors jumped ahead early in the second period, but the Griffins defense and goalie Cole Turner played solid and kept them off the board for the remainder of the second. Mose tied it up with his second goal after scooping up a pass from Kirby and working his own brand of magic, weaving through the Warriors to the top of the slot and ripping a shot past the goalie.
It was a physical game, as the Warriors keyed on specific players - Kirby, who has a solid physical presence, and Evan Turner, the Griffins leading scorer. But despite the coverage, Turner was able to break free on a pass from Mose, and snipe the Griffins third goal midway through the third period. With just under 5 minutes remaining in the game the Warriors tied it up at 3. Both teams fought hard, but regulation ended in a tie, sending it into overtime.
The Griffins were able to get the puck in to the Warrior zone, but their defense held tough. With just three minutes remaining in overtime, the Warriors drew the Griffins to one side of the zone, and slid the puck to their man hanging alone at the top of the slot who drove home the final goal.
It was an outstanding team effort by the Griffins; the defense played a physical game, the offense backchecked and passed well, and Goalie Cole Turner turned away 38 of 42 shots.