CHC Game of the Week: Olentangy Liberty scores three straight to defeat Upper Arlington

The Patriots came roaring back after falling behind 1-0 to the Golden Bears in the first period

Saturday, 12.08.2012 / 10:00 AM / News
By Staci Pawlak  - BlueJackets.com

GAME OF THE WEEK

OLENTANGY LIBERTY PATRIOTS (5-2-1) 3, UPPER ARLINGTON GOLDEN BEARS (5-3-0) 1

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THE RUNDOWN

The Olentangy Liberty Patriots defeated the Upper Arlington Golden Bears 3-1 on Friday night in the Skyline Chili Capital Hockey Conference Game of the Week at the Ohio Health Chiller Ice Haus.

The Patriots extended their win streak to four games, coming back from a 1-0 deficit after the opening period to score three straight in the second and third periods. It was their second consecutive comeback win; last week, the Patriots scored three third-period goals to beat Toledo St. Francis DeSales 5-3 after falling behind early.

The Golden Bears did not relinquish victory easily, however. They came out swinging in the opening period, establishing a strong forecheck and testing Liberty’s freshman goalie, Cam Perry, early in the game. Their hard work paid off as Danny Logan scored the first goal of the game for the Golden Bears at 8:55 of the first period.

The second period saw a Patriots revival as John Tirrell beat Upper Arlington goalie Richard Griffin, tying the game a little more than halfway through the period. Chris Bergamesca scored the game-winning goal and gave the Patriots a 2-1 lead later in the second period when he wristed a shot over Griffin’s shoulder on a breakaway.

Ryan Gratz netted the third and final goal halfway through the final period to extend Liberty’s lead to 3-1 and give the Patriots an all-important two-goal cushion.

“We talked about it after the first period, obviously we were down, but our best players took over,” Patriots head coach Jack Hoogeveen said.

“Our best players stepped up, and that’s what we want.”

Penalties hampered the Golden Bears, who found themselves at a two-man disadvantage after Cam Walker received a misconduct call that gave the Patriots a five minute power play late in the third pereiod. Shortly after, Cole Kaparos of the Golden Bears got called for tripping.

For the Golden Bears, time simply ran out. After they killed off the 5-on-3 Patriots power play, a little more than a minute remained in the game and they could not regain the ground they had lost in the second period.

“I think we played pretty well, overall,” Golden Bears head coach Jay Graham said. “Obviously, we need to stay out of the box.”

PIVOTAL MOMENT
The tying goal in the second period by Tirrell set the tone for the Patriots, who had been struggling up that point to get one past the Upper Arlington defense. The Golden Bears had been doing a great job of blocking shots, breaking up passes, and knocking guys off the puck. Tirrell’s goal created a spark on Olentangy Liberty’s bench and momentum began to shift in the Patriots' favor from that point on.

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SCHEDULE

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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 3 3 1 1 4
B. Dubinsky 3 0 4 0 4
M. Calvert 3 2 1 3 3
R. Johansen 3 1 2 0 3
B. Jenner 3 1 2 -1 3
D. Savard 3 0 3 1 3
C. Atkinson 3 1 1 1 2
D. MacKenzie 3 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 3 1 0 0 1
J. Skille 3 0 1 -1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 2 0 .904 3.32
 
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