The 2020-21 Greely Boys’ Hockey team finally got its Varsity season underway on Feb. 10 with a 5-1 at St. Dom’s at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn.
The season-opening game, coming about two months later than normal, saw Greely (1-0-0) dominate the game territorially, outshooting St. Dom’s (0-3-0) by a 26-0 margin after the first half and 48-8 overall. Under new Covid 19-related guidelines, Varsity games this season are being played in two 23-minute halves with just one ice resurfacing between the halves.
Greely developed a lot of offensive zone pressure in the opening two shifts of the game but remained scoreless until sophomore wing Colin Petty took a dish to the outside through mid-ice from sophomore center Jack McIntyre and accelerated wide and deep on the right wing and swung the net before sending a puck at the net from along the far goal line that found its way in at 3:05. Freshman wing Charlie Moore started the play making a key breakout pass to spring McIntyre and Petty up ice before absorbing a hit on the left wing boards.
Greely stuck twice later in the half to open up a 3-0 lead. First, freshman Charlie Moore, playing in his first varsity game, collected a nice pass in the mid-slot from senior Tyler Grasky below the goal line and quickly fired a quick forehander high past the blocker arm of the St. Dom’s goalie. McIntyre also assisted on the goal by forcing a turnover on the forecheck below the goal line.
Minutes later, junior wing Gage Cooney rushed the puck across mid-ice and attacked wide on the left wing side and deep before dishing a puck out front where Grasky snapped home a loose luck from the low slot beating the goalie low past his left side inside the post.
“It was great to see the Colin, Jack and Charlie play so well as a line and contribute as much as they did,” said Coach Barry Mothes. “To score on their first shift of the season and then get us a second goal late in the first half was key. They got us off to the start we needed.”
Junior goalie Spencer Osgood handled some pucks around the net in the first half for Greely, but he did not officially register a save, while Greely had 26 shots.
In the second half, things got increasingly chippy with each side being whistled for penalties. But Greely took a 4-0 lead when Petty got in behind the St. Dom’s defense through the offensive blue line and finished a slick deke to his background to slide it past a sprawling goalie.
Later, with Greely shorthanded, junior Evan Dutil got in alone on a breakaway and also finished on a deke for his first goal of the season.
Sophomore goalie Keji Wiessner played the second half in net for Greely and finished with 7 saves. Wiessner made several good quick, reflex saves during a couple of St. Dom’s flurries, patiularly when the Saints were on two longer power plays.
“It felt great to be able to finally play a game against somebody else and I thought the puck movement and effort were very good,” said Coach Mothes. “We’re going to try to keep building and improving on some important parts of our game and just make the most of these games at this point in the season. We’re thankful to be playing and we’ve got a great group of players that give us some real depth in our attack and defending and goaltending.”
GREELY 5 - ST. DOM’S 1
Wed. Feb. 10: Norway Savings Bank Arena, Auburn
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GREELY 3 2 5
ST. DOM’S 0 1 1
First Half: Greely 1: Petty (McIntyre, C. Moore). Greely 2: C. Moore (Grasky, McIntyre), 17:56. Greely 3: Grasky (Cooney), 18:35.
Second Half: Greely 4: Petty (unassisted). Greely 5: Dutil (unassisted) SH, 12:28. St. Dom’s 1: Cloutier (Pushard) PP, 18:29.
Goalies: Greely: Osgood (23:00, 0 shots-0 saves). Wiessner (23 minutes (8 shots-7saves). St. Dom’s: Jones (48 shots-43 saves).
Power Plays: Greely (0 for 4); St. Dom’s (1 for 4).