Hockey ends season with crushing defeat

Silence is the only word that could describe the end of the OHS hockey Monday night (Feb. 10). Unfortunately for the Tigers, it was a somber silence.

The Tigers clawed their way back from being down 2-0 early in the 1st period to Chaminade in a do or die game, scoring three unanswered goals to finish the game. After a scoreless 10 minute mini-game, the quarterfinals series was sent to be decided in shootouts. Sadly for the Tigers, their season ended there, losing in the sixth round of the shootout.

The shootout was a back and forth a fair. After the first three shooters, both teams had tallied one goal apiece. Blake Chapman (12) made a huge save in the third round to extend the shootout three more rounds.

Both teams scored in the fourth round, but in the fifth OHS was unable to score, Chaminade was though and it came down to one more shooter from OHS. Lance French (12) brought the puck down the ice made a move, brought the puck to his forehand and shot. Chaminade’s goalie was able to make the save ending the Tigers season.

It was a tough way to end the season, especially with the unpredictability of shootouts, but many have said it was the boys best game all year. Steve Farina (12) scored two of OHS’s goals, including the go ahead goal with four minutes left in regulation. Lance French scored the other goal for the Tigers.

With under three minutes left in the mini-game Farina and Charlie Freshman (11) brought the puck down the ice and looked poised to have an excellent scoring chance, but a Chaminade defender was able to slide over and knock the puck away. On the other end, Chaminade funneled the puck on net, with an onslaught of shots. Adam Schafer (12) was key in forcing a shootout, playing tremendous defense and blocking shots left and right.

The Tigers finished the year 16-7-3 and outscored their opponents 104-64 which is a testament to the tremendous play of Chapman in net and the offense from guys like Farina, Freshman, Lance French (12) and Zach Mitchel (12).