Upper Arlington Advances To The Final Four

Saturday, 03.04.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
Columbus Blue Jackets

Upper Arlington's Marty Galantowicz had a hat trick, Andy Wilkinson dished out three assists and Matt Loveland recorded 30 saves to lead the Golden Bears past Dublin Coffman, 5-2 in front of 1250 fans at Dispatch Ice Haus on Saturday night.

"It's a great feeling," Galantowicz said. "We're playing our best hockey of the season in the tournament."

Upper Arlington's James Dowdy put the Golden Bears on the board scoring after taking a centering pass from Andy Grindley and beating Coffman goalie Bryan Serif at 8:58 of the first for a 1-0 lead. Dublin Coffman knotted the score at one when Chris Ridgway lit the lamp as the puck emerged from a scrum in front of the UA net.

Upper Arlington would score the next three goals, as a shorthanded and a power play goal by Galantowicz sandwiched a Blake Greiner goal to put UA up 4-1 entering the third period.

"It's just been a great experience," Galantowicz said. "I have been playing well the whole tournament. I just put the pedal to the medal today."

His coach agreed.

"He was exceptional tonight," UA head coach Jay Graham said. "He buried all his shots.  He was great at finding the net. We had a lot of guys step up tonight."

Matt Lovland was one of the players Graham was refering to as the senior netminder stopped 30-of-32 shots

"We played an exceptional defensive game," Graham said. "Loveland was great in net and we had a great game plan, we wanted to make sure Kirstein wasn't going to beat us. We were going to defend him and prevent him from being a difference maker."

Coffman's Matt Kirstein, one of Ohio's leading scorers was held scoreless till 10:04 of the third period, earning an assist on Michael Strine's power-play tally that cut the deficit to two. 

But less than a minute later Galantowicz scored on a slapper from the right face off circle to put Upper Arlington up by three. 

"This is what we have been working for," Galantowicz said. "This is the final step and now we get to play at Nationwide Arena. That is going to be an incredible experience."

Upper Arlington will face Parma Padua in the state semi-final at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Nationwide Arena.

Scoring summary:
First Period:

UA - Dowdy from Grindley and Wilkinson (8:58) EV
DC - Ridgway from Gemma (6:43) PP
UA - Galantowicz from Wilkinson (1:17) SH
Second Period:
UA - Greiner from Wilkinson and Christiansen (6:56) EV
UA - Galantowicz unassisted (5:04) PP
Third Period:
DC - Strine from Veeck and Kirstein (10:04) PP
UA - Galantowicz unassisted (9:16) EV

PP:
UA: 1-for-5; DC: 2-for-8
Penalties:
UA: 8-16; DC: 5-10

Saves:
UA: Loveland 9-7-14=30
DC: Serif 7-9-12=28

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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