Greenwich Academy hockey can't hold lead, falls to Hotchkiss in OT
Updated 11:34 pm, Saturday, February 2, 2013
STAMFORD -- For 43 minutes Saturday the Greenwich Academy hockey team executed the game plan as it was designed by getting the puck on net, denying Hotchkiss second chance shots and not taking penalties.
Unfortunately, the Gators had lapses when they could least afford them, falling 3-2 to the Bearcats in overtime.
GA led 2-1 with 2:28 to play in the third period when Elizabeth Wolf went to her knees to gather a loose puck in front of the Gators net before slipping a backhand past goalie Annie Defrino to tie the score.
In overtime it was another slight lapse that the Bearcats pounced on, scoring with eight seconds remaining on a power play after GA committed its first infraction of the game.
"You hold a team to two shots in the second period and I can't ask then to do anything more," GA coach Moe Tarrant said. "The game could have gone either way. You ask a goalie to put you in a position to win and she does that, the girls played their hearts out and as long as you have the effort and execution there is not much more a coach could ask for other than to win."
Defrino finished with 13 saves and her defense, lead by the No. 1 pairing of Olivia LeSueur and Mary Taussig, largely kept the Bearcats from rebound opportunities.
The Gators (8-5-1) took the lead in the first period on a power-play goal with 3:37 remaining by Janka Hlinka.
The second period was played mostly in neutral ice with GA only getting off four shots while Hotchkiss was held to two.
However, the Gators made one of those shots count when LeSueur let one rip from just inside the blue line that skipped past Hotchkiss goalie Keira Goin, making it 2-1.
GA held the lead through the third until Wulf converted, sending the game to overtime.
In overtime, GA committed its first penalty, a neutral ice tripping call. Killing 1:22 of the 1:30 penalty the Gators looked as though they may escape, but a defender got caught out of position and the Bearcats made them pay, scoring the winning goal and piling on each other as the dejected Gators skated off the ice.
"We were out of position, we left the backdoor open," Tarrant said. "To their credit, they were working hard down there but when you get a penalty in the neutral zone in overtime it's a pretty tough situation."
Greenwich Academy 2 (OT)
HOTCHKISS 1 0 1 1--3
GREENWICH ACADEMY 1 1 0 0--2
Scoring: GA--Janka Hlinka 1g; Olivia LeSueur 1g; H--Lizzie Horowitz 1g; Elizabeth Wulf 1g; Shannon Cherpak 1g; Samantha Sandler 1a; Chelsea Ziadie 1a
Goalies: GA--Annie Defrino 13 saves; H--Keira Goin 14 saves
Records: GA 8-5-1; H 7-6-1