by Meghan Reilly
The WHS ice hockey team beat ALJ last Thursday, 6-3, scoring three late goals to win the game.
WHS started off the game strongly, generating many scoring opportunities. However, Sophomore Andrew Stern took a penalty early, giving ALJ a powerplay.
The team had a solid penalty kill, forcing ALJ to miss many passes and keeping potential shooters to the outside. WHS immediately went on the offensive after Stern’s penalty expired, and nine minutes into the period, junior Dane Huber scored off of a rebound.
With 2:50 left in the first period, ALJ scored after a WHS defensive breakdown. Despite the goal, WHS continued to skate hard and gained their second powerplay of the game when Huber was tripped.
During the powerplay, WHS maintained possession and utilized defensemen senior Liam Devin and junior Chris Kattak. “The defense [was] good at getting shots through from the point and generating scoring opportunities,” said Kattak.
The period ended with the score tied at 1, and outshot ALJ 13-4.
The second period started with an ALJ penalty. WHS exercised good control of the puck on the power play, feeding passes to senior Sam Meyer and Kattak, but failed to score.
Then, off of a defensive zone faceoff, Kattak banked the puck off the boards to evade the oncoming ALJ defenseman, continued up the ice, and faked out the ALJ goalie, scoring to give WHS a 2-1 lead.
In the second half of the period, WHS took two more penalties. The team stayed disciplined during the penalty kills and passed to each other when they gained possession to waste time.
However, a redirected ALJ pass bounced off the boards and under sophomore goalie Dan DoCampo, tying the score at 2.
WHS quickly took the lead in the third period after Huber scored on a well-placed shot. WHS gained momentum after the goal, but ALJ responded with a goal of their own, tying the score at 3.
Although senior Jon Macik took a penalty with 4:50 left in the game, WHS executed a disciplined penalty kill and was rewarded with an ALJ penalty. After his penalty expired, Macik maneuvered through three ALJ players and scored with 2:34 left in the game.
WHS dominated the remainder of the game after taking the 4-3 lead, adding two goals in the last minute from Huber and Meyer.
Said head coach Sean Cromarty: “Overall, it is always good to get a league win and two more points [in the standings]....We are still very early in the season and will use this game as a learning experience for future contests.”