The phrase “Senior Night” applied in various ways on Friday as the Hoyas outlasted St. Albans thanks to a strong showing from the senior class. With two goals from senior defenseman Lazar Zamurovic, a beauty from freshman forward Johnny Mac Mulera, and a final snipe from senior Captain Cole Taylor, the Hoyas concluded Senior Night with a victory!
After a ceremony to honor the four-year contributions of the senior class, play started with an all senior starting lineup comprised of forwards Cole Taylor, Ryan Howe and Grady Shook, and a defensive pairing of Lazar Zamurovic and Matt Billings. The veterans came through just forty five seconds into the contest. Grady “Bruiser” Shook started the sequence as he carried the puck down low and dropped it back onto the waiting stick of Lazar “Serbian Machine” Zamurovic. The Machine finished the play with a backhand laser right past the St. Albans goaltender. At the 8:41 mark, the Hoyas took a tough penalty that resulted in a St. Albans goal with 7:20 remaining in the period. The first stanza concluded tied up at one goal apiece.
The second period started with even strength play. However, just a minute in, the Hoyas took another penalty resulting in a St. Albans power play goal. Seniors Matt Billings and Lazar Zamurovic refused to settle for a deficit on the scoreboard. The two connected down low in front of the St. Albans net as the Serbian Machine passed the puck across onto the tape of Matt “The Man” Billings who rocketed a shot off the pads of the St. Albans goalie. The Serbian Machine took advantage of the juicy rebound that followed and dunked the puck right into the back of the net. As the score came to a tie at two, freshman phenom John Mac Mulera, the “Supersonic Dangler,” continued the Prep scoring. The Dangler received a pass from junior Jin Kim and barreled into the zone with St. Albans defensemen hot on his heels. The freshman zoomed by a rowdy Prep student section and cut across the ice stringing together a series of “Johnny’s special dangles” to finish it off with a beauty rip top cheddar just above the St. Albans goalie’s blocker. With a lead of one, the scoring continued for the Hoyas seconds later. Cole “Dangle Snipe Celly” Taylor picked up the puck in the corner while weaving his way through the offensive zone. The senior forced his way through traffic for a stuff attempt that resulted in a scandalous rebound for the sniper. When he collected the puck off the rebound, the Captain launched the puck right where it belongs to notch the fourth of the night for the good guys. St. Albans responded to the Hoyas goal bringing the score to 4-3 to end the period.
The third and final act consisted of chippy back and forth play by both the Hoyas and the Bulldogs. The boys found themselves on the short side of many calls and whistles blown by the refs. However, they stood strong until the end thanks to the stonewall play of junior goalie Barry “Brick Wall” Leese. In addition to multiple penalties and all around chippy play, junior Jack “The Jackhammer” Olson delivered a bone crushing hit on a very unlucky St. Albans forward. After a few more penalties for the boys, the game concluded as a W for the Hoyas.
The Hoyas look forward to another eventful week with two games against Churchill and Bullis. To finish it off, they will be journeying to Pittsburgh on Friday to play in the Steel City Hockey Tournament. Follow @GPrepHockey on twitter for live tweets and updates on all Prep Hockey related matters. Hoya Saxa!
highlight video courtesy of Rad Zamurovic