What began as a back and forth affair in the first period ended in a blowout for the boy’s hockey team on January 16, 2014. Blake struck first with a goal from Charlie Hartwell just over a minute into regulation, only to be countered a minute later by Mark Kaske for the Red Knights. Blake’s Cade Gleekel scored for the Bears again, and only 4 minutes had passed in the game.
Once Chase Jungels for the Red Knights tied the game at 2-2, they didn’t look back, scoring 5 unanswered goals through the next two periods. Once Blake finally regrouped and put up two goals in just under 30 seconds, it was too little, too late, as BSM put the game too far out of reach with another 3 goals making the final score 10-4.
Senior captain Spencer Naas scored three goals and recorded three assists in the victory and surpassed his 200th career point for his high school hockey career. Junior Chase Jungles scored twice and added two assists as well.
Though the game left fans with the score of a lacrosse game rather than hockey, it showed that this squad is resilient when it needs to be, scoring goals, and answering when an opposing team comes out flying. BSM will, however, have to evaluate the number of penalties being committed, as the penalty kill unit has been a weakness for the Red Knights all season at only 75%, as well as an inconsistent defense. As sections get closer, these will have to be ironed out, because relying solely on offense will not get them far in the ‘mini-state tournament.’