The boys varsity ice hockey team defeated the Canterbury Saints 4-2 on Saturday night, December 8, in front of a large and loud home crowd in the Savage/Johnson Rink.
The first period was a back-and-forth battle that saw neither team break through, resulting in a scoreless tie after the first period. The Pelicans were finally able to get on the board in the second period when junior Isaac Joshi scored his first goal as a Pelican off of an assist from senior Ryan Schwender, who took a shot that bounced off of the pad of the Canterbury goalie and ended up on Joshi's stick. Joshi tucked the puck into the back of the goal to give the Pelicans a 1-0 lead. They would take that lead into the locker room to start the third period.
Both teams came out for the third period hoping to create offense, and that they did. With just under three minutes expired in the final period, junior Ben Ritter scored on the power play when he received a pass from junior Jake Sigal and fired home a shot from the blue line that found the top left corner of the goal.
The Pelicans held onto their two-goal lead for another 10 minutes, before Canterbury was able to tie the game with two goals of their own, one coming on the powerplay.
With the score tied at two and only two minutes left in the game, the excitement could be felt among the spectators, and the home crowd support was rewarded when junior Cody Hoban scored on a diving shot off of a rebound. A shot from senior captain Thomas Martin caused chaos in front of the goal and in the mess, Hoban found the puck and was able to tuck it away. Martin and junior Anthony Cipollone earned assists on the play.
Canterbury pulled its goalie to get the extra man advantage, but the Pelicans were able to break Canterbury's pressure and push the puck along to junior Alexander Krause, who sealed the game when he fired home a shot into the empty net.
Junior goalie Kyle Chauvette made 31 saves on 33 shots, holding off many quality scoring chances from Canterbury.
Up next, the Pelicans travel to Choate for a Monday evening matchup at 5:30 p.m. on December 10.