Photo Gallery | Mount Everett hockey falls to St. Mary's
SHEFFIELD — Grayson Duval's goal late in the first period appeared to be the boost the Mount Everett hockey team's offense needed to break out of its scoring slump. However, the Eagles could not capitalize on the momentum generated,as Saint Mary surged in the second period for a 12-4 win on Wednesday.
After scoring just once in a 7-1 loss to Taconic last Saturday, Jake Corcorcan gathered the puck behind the net sliding to his left, he sent an off balance pass to Duval for the equalizer with 37.2 seconds left in the first period. Corcorcan had a chance to put his team on top early in the second, collecting the puck on a breakaway, but his shot and the following rebound were stopped. The Saints responded with 3-1 scoring run however, ending the second with a four-goal lead.
"We didn't get the bounces and nothing went right for us," Corcoran said. "I'll blame this one on me. I usually finish on [breakaways]. I whiffed on a couple, but top to bottom, everyone has got to work."
In the third period, the Everett (1-3-3) defense had trouble clearing the puck, leading to several chances on goal. The Saints moved the puck well, finding the best shot opportunity and quickly attacking rebounds. The teams alternated goals, before the visitors closed on a 4-0 run. Andrew Conlon, Corcoran and Matt DiSilva had goals for the Eagles.
"They did a good job moving the puck side-to-side, especially as they broke it in on our net in the attacking zone," Everett coach Aiden Gilligan said. "That got our goalie moving laterally, which is always tough to make a save like that." The 12 goals is the most surrendered by the Eagles this season. Gilligan said the high number is a result of defensive breakdowns, and the inability to mark the opposition on defense.
"We didn't do a very good job of staying home," he said "We got caught chasing the puck, as opposed to sticking on our man."
The Eagles face another tough test against Wahconah on Monday, and they'll have to do it without Brendan Dempsey. The sophomore got called for a major penalty late in the second period and must sit out the following game.
"We've played some good teams, but we still haven't put three good periods together all season," Gilligan said. "We know the ability is there, we just have to clean things up in our defense zone, and that turns into offense. If you take care of you're defense, it'll flow into the offensive end."
SM — Shaun Gezotis (unassisted), 3:45. ME — Grayson Duval (Jake Corcoran), 37.2
SM — Tanner Hart (Kenny Bonney), 8:28. SM — Johnathan Spear (Reilly Siart, Hart), 7:05. SM — Gezotis (Spear), 5:35. ME — Andrew Conlon (Corcoran), 5:06. SM — Bonney (Matt King), 4:29. Spear (Hart, Bonney), 2:46.
SM — King (UA), 13:22. ME — Corcoran (Charlie Grace), 12:59. MS — Siart (UA), 11:45. ME — Matt DiSilva (Max Joyner, Corcoran),11:06. SM — Siart (UA), 9:30. SM — Johnny Pitoniak (King), 3:56. Spear (Jack Labbe), 5:43. SM — Siart (Aaron Blanchard), 2:15.