Split down the middle, OHS hockey rides roller coaster stretch

The varsity hockey team split games between private school rivals CBC and Vianney this past weekend, beating the Griffins, 5-2, and falling to the Cadets, 4-1 on Dec. 9.

The Tigers played strong against the Vianney Griffins on Dec. 5, with goals coming late in every period.

Forward Dakota Schutz got the puck moving with just seven seconds left in the first period. Senior forwards Brendan Coon and Zach Mitchell scored within the last four minutes of the second period.

Forward Steve Farina scored with just four minutes left in the third period and Schutz capped the scoring off with an empty net goal with two minutes remaining.

“It is always good to beat a competitive team” Schutz said.

The same can not be said about the game against the CBC Cadets.

The Cadets came out strong in the first period scoring twice and taking a 2-0 lead into the first period. Along with two CBC goals, Senior defenseman Scott Connors was ejected from the game after getting in a scuffle with a CBC player. The CBC forward was also ejected.

CBC was able to push past another goal in the second, but the Tigers countered with their own goal coming off the stick of Charlie Freshman (11). The Second ended with the Cadets leading the Tigers 3-1.

CBC was able to score an empty netter with thirty seconds left in the third period, beating the tigers 4-1.

“I think [we can] beat CBC in the future,” senior goaltender Blake Chapman said “because they’re such a skilled team, we will have to stay conservative and stay out of the penalty box.”

The Tigers will try to bounce back from the loss Dec. 12 against the De Smet Spartans at Queeny Rec. Plex at 6:30pm.