Back for Round 2 – St. Thomas vs. New England

I’m back in the pressbox in Oswego for the consolation game of the Pathfinder Classic. Just underway between St. Thomas and New England. As opposed to yesterday, I’ll do the game in one long blog entry.

Midway thought the first and there’s no score. St. Thomas has had the better chances so far, but Pilgrim goaltender Ron Baia has come up big. Both teams are starting different goaltenders than last yesterday. Cameron Voss is in net for the Tommies.

St. Thomas draws first blood at 12:25. Nick Pernula came out of the penalty box and generated a three-on-one. His shot was stopped by Baia, but Kevin Rollwagen was there on the weak side to bang in the rebound.

Midway through the second and the Pilgrims are on the board. Sustained pressure by NEC pays off when Jeff Armand, behind the St. Thomas net, finds Joe Garofalo alone in the slot. He beats Voss low on the stick side to tie things at one each.

The teams trade power plays before Rollwagen gets his second of the game and third of the weekend. He picks up a lose puck along the boards and beats two defenders to the net and puts the puck past Baia on the short side. 2-1 Tommies.

And that’s the end of the second. NEC’s Pauls Ruta gets pulled down on a shorthanded breakaway attempt, so we’ll start the third skating four on four.

New England ties it just 21 seconds into the third. On their first rush up the ice, Turner wrists on past Voss to tie the game at two all.

St. Thomas has regained the lead at 2:49. On the power play, Nick Pernula’s shot from the point finds its way past Baia.

With 4:11 to play, St. Thomas takes a penalty and New England coach Tom Caroll calls his timeout. He send five forwards out for the power play, and parks 6-4 freshman Jon Globke in front of the net. Globke bangs in a rebound to tie the game.

St. Thomas takes another penalty, but the Tommies kill it off. With just ten seconds to play, St. Thomas’s Nate Ryan sneaks behind everybody and AJ Pachenko hits him with a homerun pass. Ryan scores on the breakaway, and it’s 4-3 Tommies.

And that’s your final. Wow.

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