Detroit Country Day dominated each period and overtime, but had to settle for a 2-2 tie against Utica at Suburban Macomb Ice Arena Saturday afternoon.
"We outplayed them for the most part," said Country Day coach Frank Novock. "We outshot them considerably but the bottom line is the scoreboard. We've got to bear down a little more on our chances in front of the net."
Utica scored first on a powerplay when Kyle Allard got the puck into the Yellowjacket net for a 1-0 Chieftain lead. D.J. Labash and Alec George got assists on the goal. With just under four minutes left in the first period, Country Day tied it up with a power play goal of their own. Zach Bensinger buried the shot in the upper corner of the net, after grabbing a rebound from Jake Hartje's blast from the point.
Country Day scored the only goal of the second period, another power play goal. Just past the five minute mark, Zach Bensinger battled for the puck in the corner to the left of Chieftain goalie Ethan Smith. Freshman forward James Roberts picked up the puck, went behind the net, then passed out to Jack Bergmann. Bergmann rifled it home to put Country Day up 2-1 after two periods.
Although being outshot and outplayed in the third period, Utica tied it up at 6:12 when Harrison Flores converted a rebound in front. LaBash and George picked up assists.
Neither team scored in the eight minute overtime period.
Country Day outshot Utica 42-17 in the game, and outshot them 11 to 3 in overtime.
"Their goalie was outstanding," said Coach Novock. "It happens but goaltending is part of the game, and we've got to find a way to score on them."
"It was a good effort. I can't squawk about that. That's what I ask for every night. Sometimes the puck doesn't go where you need it to go and you don't get any bounces. That's how it went tonight."
Counry Day's record is now 12-2-2; Utica is 10-3-1.