After a disappointing loss to the Boise Braves on Wednesday, the Bishop Kelly Knights (1-1, 2-3) looked to bounce back against the Centennial Patriots (0-2, 3-5) in their first home game of the season. Despite multiple comebacks and stellar late game face-offs, the Knights were able to accomplish their goal and survived a determined and talented Centennial team.
Where the Knights seemed to struggle on Wednesday, it was clear they were hungry and ready to regain any lost ground on Saturday. In the first quarter, BK started the scoring off within the first minute on an unassisted goal by Jared Dolby (Sr, M), then fired away two more goals a few minutes later on shots from John Alder (Sr, A) and Ben Shalz (Sr, A) to take a 3-1 lead through the 1st quarter. This lead would be short-lived though and the Patriots tied the game up 5-5 going into the second half.
After a pretty quiet third quarter with goals by Alder and Shalz to take a 7-5 lead, the flood gates would open up for both teams in the fourth quarter. In total, ten goals were scored in the final 12 minutes of regulation (Cooper Feeney (Jr, M), Scott Ketlinski (So, M), Alder, and Shalz); the last coming in the final 65 seconds of the game by Centennial to tie the score at 11 and send it to overtime.
With Centennial gaining momentum through the entire fourth quarter, it made the final goal only that much harder to capture. After an unsuccessful possession by each team, Ryan Frechette (So, A) came up with the most important ground ball and clear of the day after being caught on the defensive side of the field. Once settled on the offensive end, Frechette would then seal the win for the Knights off a feed from Robbie Rehboltz (Sr, M).
Defensively, Bishop Kelly was led by a standout performance in goal from Luke Kempers (So, G), saving 21 shots, many of which came right on the doorstep. Offensively, the Knights’ attack unit came to play, tallying nine of the team’s total 12 points, thanks to a four-goal performance by both Alder and Shalz, and the overtime winner by Frechette. Not to be left out of the equation, Bishop Kelly’s midfield tallied 27 of the team’s 42 totals groundballs and seven of the team’s nine assists in the game.
The Knights now set their sights on the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies (2-0, 4-2), who are riding a four-game win streak and two dominant league wins. BK will face the Grizzlies this Wednesday at Rocky Mountain High School at 6:30 PM.
Games this week
Bishop Kelly vs Rocky Mountain – 4/7 @ 6:30 PM at BKHS
Bishop Kelly @ Rocky Mountain – 4/9 @ 6:00 PM at Heritage MS
Bishop Kelly @ Capital – 4/11 @ 10:30 AM at Riverglen Junior HS
Bishop Kelly @ Rocky Mountain – 4/8 @ 6:30 PM at RMHS
Bishop Kelly vs American Falls (UT) – 4/11 @ 1:00 PM at BKHS