The Brebeuf Hockey team was back in action after a two-week holiday hiatus Friday night. The Braves faced off in a late night matinee against the Central Indiana Knights which ended in a tough 5-4 defeat.
The first period was dominated by the Knights who came out fast, scoring three straight goals to take a three-goal lead.
The Braves bounced back in the second period, scoring three unanswered goals to tie the game. Sarkis Torosian got the Brave’s offense going when he buried a cross-ice pass from Parker Baumann into a yawning net. Riley Johnson assisted on the play, getting the action started out of the Brebeuf zone. David Duncan continued his solid season with his first of two goals in the game. The always hard working, Lane Erickson, was in the right place in the neutral zone to chip the puck ahead. Duncan, who was recently named the one of the fastest skaters in the state of Indiana, used his speed to sneak past two defenders, pick up the puck, and score on a breakaway. Matt McKay got the Brave’s strong power play going after Ryan Witchger and Torosian moved the puck around low in the offensive zone. McKay found the puck at his stick with time and space, then proceeded to pick the top left corner to tie the game at three after two periods.
The third and final period did not start off in Brebeuf’s favor. The Knights got an early goal to retake the lead, 4-3. The Brave’s answered the bell yet again, as Duncan made perhaps the play of the game where he used his speed and strength, to chip the puck past three defenders, setting himself up to skate in on goal all alone. Duncan continued to deke to his backhand, while quickly pulling the puck back on his forehand, beating the Knights’ goalie for his second, and tying goal of the game.
With five minutes left in regulation, the Knights scored a controversial goal in front of the Brebeuf net to tally the game winner. This was only the second loss for the Brave’s on the road this season. Two of their five losses this season have been by only one goal, putting Brebeuf at 10-2 on the road during the current season campaign.
Brebeuf freshman goalie, Jace Wilson, started his fourth game of the season. Wilson had previously only let in one goal in his previous three starts. After not seeing the ice in nearly a month, Wilson played well between the pipes, making a lot of big saves throughout the game. We will see him again as the starter on Saturday night, where the Braves take on the first place, Evansville Thunder, for a west coast primetime puck drop at 10:15 pm. The game will be at home at the Carmel IceSkadium.
David Duncan – 2 G (2 points)
Sarkis Torosian – 1 G 1 A (2 points)
Matt McKay – 1 G (1 point)
Lane Erickson – 1 A (1 point)
Ryan Witchger – 1 A (1 point)
Riley Johnson – 1 A (1 point)
Parker Baumann – 1 A (1 point)