Father Gabriel Richard-Greenhills hockey coach Clint Robert has coached hockey for a longtime but even he has never experienced a third period like the one on Wednesday night. When the final whistle finally went off inside the Ice Cube, the Irish skated off with a 3-2 win over visiting Dearborn Divine Child in a game where nothing came easy.
The Irish took a 3-1 lead into the third period and held on for the Metro League victory over the Falcons but not without plenty of drama in the third period. After Irish goalie Riley Noble made a spectacular save, the Falcons cut the lead to 3-2 with 2:53 left in the game on a goal by Luc Bergeron.
But with 0.2 seconds left on the clock, Noble reached out his big glove to make one final big save and send the Irish into the win column.
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The third period was filled with penalties and great saves at both ends of the ice. Both teams also killed two-man advantages in the wild third period that featured plenty of action – and did we mention the penalties – but no goals.
There were eight penalties called in the third period and two, yes two, Divine Child assistant coaches were kicked out of the game. The Irish were called for 11 penalties in the game while Divine Child was sent to the penalty box 13 times.
Robert, who said he’s never seen two coaches tossed in a game before, liked what he saw from his team but also sees plenty of room for improvement.
“We’ve already lost a game in the Metro League so we can’t afford to lose another one,” Robert said after his team’s victory. “We are playing organized chaos right now. So what we want to do now is lose the chaos.”
The Irish have been busy – playing three games with only one practice in between including back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday. “It will be good to have some practices so we can work on some things and clean some things up,” Robert said.
Some great hustle and awareness put the Irish on the board in the first period. Freshman Beau Brewer dug the puck out of the corner and sent a perfect pass out front to Keegan Moore. The senior forward one-timed a shot that beat Divine Child goalie Adam Yost, who had no chance on the play.
The Irish made it 2-0 late in the first period. With the clock ticking down on a two-man advantage, William Ressler fed a perfect pass out front to Jack DiMarzo. The senior defenseman sent a one-timer into the DC net with 55.6 seconds left in the first period.
In the second period, the Irish killed in early DC power play. But the Falcons took advantage of the man advantage the next time and scored to make it 2-1. The penalty had just expired but the Falcons’ Evan Juszczyk scored with 7:15 left in the second period.
But the Irish got the goal right back when they were awarded a power play. Senior Aidan Brewer sent a one-time missle into the DC net to make it 3-1 with 5:30 left in the second period. DiMarzo got the assist as he sent the puck out front a few feet in front of the blue line where Brewer let go of a rocket that Yost had no chance of seeing let alone saving.
Brewer, one of the team captains, already has 11 goals on the season.