Tigers effort comes up short

Tigers effort comes up short

A flash of Leather: Goalie Zach Jost (11) makes an amazing save against SLUH on Saturday, February 25.

Before the season started the OHS ice hockey team had one goal in mind: win the Challenge Cup. With Tommy Heinzman (12), Ryan Basgall (12), and Nick Marcus (12) providing senior leadership, the expectations were set high this year.
However the Tigers came up short losing both games to St. Louis University High in the semi-finals in the Challenge Cup playoffs.
“We left it all out on the ice,” Brendan Nichting (11) said.

In the first game of the Final Four against St. Louis University High on Thursday Feb. 23, the Tigers scored first on a rebound goal by Steve Farina (10). Midway through the third period the score was tied 3-3, but the Tigers lossed the game, 5-3.

With their backs against the wall, the Tigers managed to keep the score of the second game on Saturday, Feb. 25 tied 2-2. But with a minute left, the Tigers had to win or else they would be eliminated with a loss and a tie.

SLUH scored two empty net goals to seal the 4-2 victory.

“We played good but they just outplayed us,” Basgall said.

Even though they lost in the Final Four, the Tigers still filled expectations for the season going 18-5 during the regular season. They also beat Eureka in the first round and Lindbergh in the second round of the Challenge Cup playoffs.

“Everyone gave it their all and we had a great season,” Nichting said.