With over 11 minutes left in the game and the game still very much in doubt, Divine Child’s Dominic Sommerville came racing down the center of the ice with a step on the FGR-Greenhills defender. Irish goalie Riley Noble didn’t panic. He slowly edged his way out of the goal, maintained perfect position and steered the shot away from the net.
Noble didn’t stand on his head to make the save but he did use his head – keeping his cool and keeping the Falcons from making it a one-goal game with over 11 minutes still left on the clock.
After DC cut the lead to 3-2, Noble made a sweet glove save with 0.2 seconds left on the clock to help send the Irish into the win column with a hard-fought victory over the Falcons.
It was a pressure cooker, but nothing the senior goalie couldn’t handle.
“The pace of play really picked up at the end and it got pretty intense,” Noble said. “The last 2 minutes were the most intense I’ve experienced in a long time. But it was a great atmosphere and I’m very happy that we won the game.”
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The Irish are coming off a solid season last year and have a deep and talented roster and expectations are high. So far, so good for FGR-Greenhills.
“The season is going really well,” Noble said. “We all get along and it’s a great group of guys and we keep getting better every time out. This is my senior year so I’m trying to have fun playing and do the best that I can.”
Noble, who attends Greenhills, played last year for the Irish and shared the goaltending duties. This season, they have three solid goalies including Noble and senior George Spicer and sophomore Jake Janowski.
Noble says he is more confident this season and has improved between the pipes from a year ago.
“I’ve improved my mobility,” he said. “I’ve always been pretty calm under pressure and I think that’s helped me get better too.”
Soon after Noble started walking he discovered hockey and says he always wanted to be the goalie – from the first time on the ice.
“I started playing when I was about 3 years old,” said Noble, who has played both triple A hockey and travel hockey. “I never liked trying to score goals. I’ve always preferred trying to prevent goals.”
And he’s become pretty good at it.
Noble also enjoys playing golf and is one of the top players on the talented Greenhills golf team. But hockey is his first and true love.
FGR-Greenhills coach Clint Robert is in his first year coaching the Irish but already has confidence in his goaltending.
“Riley played great tonight,” Robert said. “We’ve had outstanding goaltending so far this year and Riley played really well. I thought he made some really huge saves towards the end of the game when it was 3-1 and 3-2.”
Expect more big saves and more big wins this season from the Irish.