The Hoyas chalked up a big win over MAPHL foe Spalding Friday night to earn their third win of the season! With a strong start followed by a dominant second period, the Hoyas stood strong in the third to earn a well-deserved win on the road. Freshman sensation John Mac Mulera had an incredible two-goal game accompanied by the strong play of junior Jack Olson, junior Ryan Holman, who also netted two goals, and senior Captain Cole Taylor. Tough defensive play as well, led by the two veteran senior assistant captains Lazar Zamurovic and Matt Billings, alongside strong freshman presence Max Newnam and junior goal tender Barry Leese, helped lead the Hoyas to a win. Together, the boys sporting this season’s new jerseys pulled off the 6-5 victory.
The Hoyas and Cavaliers did not waste time. Just minutes into the game, the Hoyas had already notched quality shots, including a rocket just high of the net by Captain Cole Taylor and a ringer off the pipe from junior Jack Olson. A little over five minutes into the contest, Olson showed off his soft hands around Spalding defensemen and followed it up with a crisp pass onto the waiting stick of Ryan Holman. The junior finished it off with a backdoor put-away to give the Hoyas a 1-0 lead. Spalding, however, responded under a minute later to tie the game at 1 apiece. Freshman phenom John Mac Mulera would not settle with a tie score. After a few smart dekes and dangles, the freshman roofed one top right just under the crossbar to take back the lead and make it a 2-1 game. Again, the Cavaliers responded, this time with two, to take a 2-3 lead with 3:12 remaining in the first. The Hoyas refused to go into the locker-room down, so senior Assistant Captain Lazar Zamurovic went to work and showed off his offensive skills to put one away seconds into the Hoyas’ powerplay. After en eventful first period, the Hoyas and the Cavaliers finished with the score tied at 3 apiece.
Prep started off their strongest period of the game on the penalty kill. After successfully killing it off, the Hoyas, with aggressive play from junior Jin Kim and company, crashed the net to stuff in their fourth goal of the night. Next up, John Mac, Mulera, the supersonic dangler, wowed the audience with a beauty of a goal. After getting the puck, the freshman stung together a series of unbelievable dangles around multiple Spalding defensemen. To finish it off, Johnnie undressed the goalie with a series of fakes to slide the rubber just between the goal post and the sprawled out netminder. With that, the Hoyas took a 5-3 lead with 10:23 remaining in the second period and even forced Spalding to make a goalie change. Just one minute later, the Hoyas went on the powerplay. Senior Assistant Lazar Zamurovic blasted a slapshot from the blue line to traffic in front of the net. Junior Ryan Holman parked himself in the right place at the right time and redirected the puck right past the Spalding goalie. The boys in blue took a commanding 6-3 lead with 8:40 remaining in the second. After exchanging penalties, Spalding notched their fourth of the night on their powerplay to bring the score within 2 with just 1:44 remaining in the second. The second period ended with a 6-4 lead for the Hoyas.
To start off the third period, each side exchanged shots until, with 10:56 remaining, the Cavaliers scored to bring the Hoyas’ lead to just one. The few minutes that ensued consisted of quality chances, including some offensive play from senior defenseman Assistant Captain Matt Billings, who weaved his way through traffic on a couple of occasions to set up excellent opportunities. With just 4:51 remaining, only up by one, the Hoyas were forced to go on the penalty kill at a tough moment in the game. The PK unit, led by Goaltender Barry Leese, fought off the man-down to keep our boys in the lead. Facing 2:40 of final nailbiting action, the Hoyas held off Spalding to get a huge 6-5 win on the road!
With this win, the boys take their second in a row on the road. Barry Leese gets his third win of the season in the latest installment of a successful Prep Hockey season. Follow @GPrepHockey on twitter for game updates as well as other Prep Hockey related matters. Hoya Saxa!