With a disappointing loss fresh on their mind, the Bishop Kelly Knights (1-5, 2-7) looked to turn things around with a huge opportunity against the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies (5-2, 8-4). Just as the Knights were able to find their way to a lead, the Grizzlies would turn off the lights on any upset.
Despite a quick goal from Robbie Rebholtz (Sr, M) to Ben Shalz (Sr, A) to start off the game, the Grizzlies would come out hot and take a 4-1 lead through the first quarter. Knowing they needed to ride out the storm, the Knights would then buckle down, adding two more of their own from Cole Anchustegui (Jr, A) and Jared Dolby (Sr, M), while keeping the Grizzlies to just one goal, thanks to a seven (7) save performance in the second quarter from Luke Kempers (So, G).
After an uneventful third quarter for both teams, the flood gates would open up, with Bishop Kelly netting five (5) goals, their final one actually getting the lead back with 1:21 to play in regulation. Fourth quarter goals came from a quad of hot hands by Dolby and Shalz. Just as quickly as the Knights found themselves in the lead though, the Grizzlies would tie it up, responding with their eighth goal of the evening just 30 seconds after Bishop Kelly took the lead.
In overtime, the Grizzlies would take control of the opening face-off, secure a well-timed timeout, and set up for the final play of the game. Rocky Mountain would only need one dodge out of the timeout, finding the back of the net and securing the victory to the tune of 9-8.
Bishop Kelly will now prepare for a challenging double header against the Lake City Timberwolves and the Coeur d’Alene Vikings this Saturday at Bishop Kelly. Game times are set to 11 AM (LC) and 3:30 PM (CDA).
Abbreviated Box Score
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
Bishop Kelly …………….. 1 2 0 5 0 8
Rocky Mountain ……….. 4 1 0 3 1 9
Bishop Kelly: GOALS: Dolby, Jared 4; Shalz, Ben 3; Anchustegui, Cole 1.
ASSISTS: Rebholtz, Robbie 1; Dolby, Jared 1; Larson, Clay 1.
GROUND BALLS: Liao, Henry 3; Alder, John 3; Shalz, Ben 2; Larson, Clay 2; Frechette, Ryan 2; Southern, Joe 2; Rebholtz, Robbie 1; Dolby, Jared 1; Stephenson, Ben 1; Little, Zach 1; Johnson, Nate 1; Koehl, Grant 1; Schaecher, Austin 1; Mers, Bryce 1; Tucker, Jacob.
SAVES: Kempers, Luke 15.