Just one day after returning home from Pittsburgh, the boys hit the road again to the Laurel Ice Gardens to take on the Gaels of Mount Saint Joseph. With goals from freshman phenom Johnny Mac Mulera, Lazar “Serbian Machine” Zamurovic, and Ryan “Bar Down” Howe, the Hoyas left Laurel with a dominant win.
The first period started with back and forth play on both sides. The score stayed at zero apiece until, with just 4:50 remaining, freshman sensation Johnny “Supersonic Dangler” Mulera put one on the scoreboard for the good guys. With a wide circle of Hoyas surrounding the Gaels net, junior Jake Neeb collected the puck off a juicy rebound right on the keeper’s blocker side. The junior dropped the puck back onto the patiently waiting stick of the freshman who, calm, cool, and collected, ripped the rubber right on twine. The freshman notched the Hoyas first goal of the night and the only one from the first period of play.
The second stanza again consisted of only one goal for the boys in blue. Lazar “Serbian Machine” Zamurovic, just 3:45 into the period, put the Hoyas’ second goal on the board. The senior assistant captain picked up the puck and wheeled in along the boards through Gael defensemen. Next, the senior knocked a rocket backhand across the ice that slipped right in between the netminder’s legs. The Serbian Machine gave the Hoyas a decisive two-goal lead. The second period concluded scoreless for the other guys thanks to the exceptional play of junior goaltender Barry “Brick Wall” Leese.
Entering into the third and final period, the Hoyas refused to let up. With 10:02 remaining in regulation, Lazar “Serbian Machine” Zamurovic notched his second goal of the night. Similar to his goal just a period earlier, the senior carried the biscuit down low along the boards. Next, as the Serbian Machine said himself, he “shanked a pass directed toward the front of the net” that just happened to find twine after sneaking right between the goalie’s pads. Mount Saint Josephs, quiet so far, responded to the Hoyas’ third goal with one of their own. The boys in blue still held on to a 3-1 lead. With just 28 seconds on the clock, senior sniper Ryan”Bar Down” Howe wanted to ensure a win for the boys. The senior barreled into the zone along the boards with the puck in the “chamber” of his weapon of choice. With the puck loaded on his stick, the sniper let it fly to the far blocker side as it hit right on the lower half of the crossbar. With a ring, the puck ricocheted right in the bucket as the senior put up the Hoyas’ fourth and final goal of the night.
After forty-five minutes of play, the Hoyas finished the night with a commanding 4-1 victory over the Gaels of Mount Saint Joseph. The boys look forward to just one game this week against IAC and school rival Landon on Friday at 6:15 p.m. in the friendly confines of Cabin John. Follow @GPrepHockey on twitter for live tweets and updates. Hoya Saxa!