In a see-saw game that saw several last second goals, Avondale defeated Detroit Country Day 5-4 in overtime Wednesday night at the Troys Sports Center.
"We weren't good enough all the way around," said Country Day coach Frank Novock. "We got what we deserved tonight as far as not playing a team game."
Country Day opened the scoring 4:18 into the first period. Austin Hickner got the puck behind the Avondale net and found Matt Hobbs all alone in front. Hobbs buried the puck in the upper corner to stake Country Day to a 1-0 lead. Avondale came back four minutes later with Emmet Wagner scoring from Jordan Edwards and the first period ended 1-1.
Avondale got on the scoreboard first in the second period when Craig Zimmerman scored on a power play at 4:23. Paul Miriani got the assist. Country Day came back. Sebastian Stankiewicz corralled the puck deep in the corner behind the Avondale net, spun around the Avondale defense, took the puck out front and blasted it top shelf to tie the game 2-2. With just eight seconds left in the second period, Jack Bergman got the puck at the side of the Avondale net. He moved out and blasted a shot which was blocked. He picked up his own rebound, however, and put it in for a 3-2 Country Day lead after two periods.
In the third period, Avondale converted on a two-man advantage to tie the score with four minutes left. Luke Senkowski scored from Zimmerman and Miriani. As Country Day exerted pressure on the Avondale net during a power play, Avondale's Erik Gadzinksi and Emmet Wagner broke out. Gadzinski scored with 58 seconds left in regulation to give Avondale a 4-3 lead.
Country Day then pulled goalie Nathan Grathwohl. While still on the power play, Country Day's Jake Hartje blasted a bullet from the point that went through a maze of players and beat Avondale goalie Nikolas Senkowski to tie the game 4-4 with five seconds left. Zach Bensinger and Jack Bergmann got assists on the goal.
During the five minute overtime, Country Day controlled the playand pressured the Avondale net. With under ten seconds left, the puck came back to the point, where three Avondale players managed to get the puck out. Avondale junior forward Patrick Riedy picked up the loose puck and went in all alone to score the game winner with three seconds remaining.
"Didn't bury the puck, couldn't keep the puck out of the net, and took a couple penalties," said Coach Novock. "We've got to be better as we move down the stretch."