CHC Game of the Week: Olentangy Orange defeats rival Olentangy 9-1, earns third consecutive victory against league opponents

Eight different Pioneers scored in front of a packed house at the Chiller North in Lewis Center in the emotion-filled, hard-hitting contest.

Monday, 12.17.2012 / 2:00 PM / News
By Staci Pawlak  - BlueJackets.com




GAME OF THE WEEK

OLENTANGY ORANGE PIONEERS (12-3-0) 9, OLENTANGY BRAVES (2-8-0) 1

OhioHealth Chiller North I Lewis Center, OH


THE RUNDOWN

The outside temperature was unusually warm for an afternoon in December, but the ice at The Chiller North was sufficiently cold for the Skyline Chili Capital Hockey Conference Game of the Week where the Olentangy Orange Pioneers defeated the Olentangy Braves 9-1 on Sunday.

For both teams, the match-up was their third contest in three days, but as Pioneers head coach Tim Pennington said last week: both teams wanted to be the “Olentangy that stands out” from this weekend’s game.

The Pioneers set the tone early as Dino Capoccia scored the first goal of the game just 30 seconds into the opening period. It was the first of many, too: eight different Pioneers scored en route to their third victory against league opponents on the weekend.

“Any time we play a sister school like Olentangy, we know it’s going to be a tough game coming out – no matter what, no matter how good either team is,” Pennington said. “We knew we had to put the puck in the net.”

Despite the lopsided score, both teams showed up to play – and to hit. The Braves came out strong in the first period, playing a physical game that kept the Pioneers on their heels after Capoccia’s goal.

Braves goaltender Ryan Dop made some key saves to keep it a 1-0 game for most of the first period, but his play was not enough to shut down the Pioneers offense. Austin Wallace deflected a shot from the left circle to give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead just before the first period came to a close.

The Braves cut that lead in half early in the second period with a goal from Blake Saliaris. Saliaris skated into the offensive zone and wristed a shot that sailed past Pioneers goalie Kyle Jones, who had replaced Clayton Horvath in net at the start of the second period.

The Pioneers responded with two quick goals of their own as Luke Buchy scored less than a minute later to restore the two-goal cushion, and Tyler Brumfield sent a powerful slap shot over Dop’s shoulder to give the Pioneers their only power play goal of the game and a 4-1 lead to close out the second period.

“I just try to create opportunities, and I was lucky enough to get one in tonight,” Brumfield said.

If the Braves had any thoughts of a comeback victory in the third period, the Pioneers quickly dispelled, scoring five more goals to seal the victory.

Eddie Arnold, Jarrett Shafer, and Hunter Shepherd scored for the Pioneers within two minutes of each other, and Capoccia netted his second of the game to extend their lead to 8-1. Karsten Green-Church scored the final tally with a little under five minutes to go in the game.

THE PIVOTAL MOMENT

Buchy’s goal in the second period deflated the Braves and pushed the momentum back to the Pioneers for the rest of the game. Buchy scored the third goal for Olentangy Orange a little over a minute after the Saliaris put the Braves on the scoreboard.

After the game, Capoccia said a big win like this against a rival sends an important message about the competitiveness of the Pioneers.

“Don’t mess with us,” Capoccia said. “If you score, we’re gonna score right back.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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