On Wednesday, December 13 the St. Luke’s Varsity hockey team looked to rebound from a lackluster performance on Monday, December 11 against Rye Country Day.
The task would not be easy as the St. Joseph Cadets, one of CT High School’s perennial top 10 hockey teams, came to SoNo Ice house. To complicate the matter starting goalie Andres Falcon ‘19 was out sick and the coaches had to call Brendan Whiteley ’18 to fill in at goalie even though he is a forward skater.
In the first period both teams had some quality chances to score but ended the period tied at 0-0.
St. Luke’s came out in the 2nd period flying and applied a lot of offensive pressure on the Cadet goalie. The Storm broke through with the first goal of the game when Will Frossell ’18 got past the Cadets defenseman to score his seventh goal of the season. CJ Woodberry ’19 made the assist on Frossell’s goal. No more than 3 minutes later Lars Enberg ’20 fed CJ Woodberry who beat the Cadets goalie with a great move to make it 2-0.
It very quickly looked like St. Luke’s would pull away but four minutes later the Cadets would bury their first goal to make it 2-1 and tighten the game.
The Cadets progress wouldn’t last long however as two minutes later Will Pond ’18 scored his third goal of the year. Pond took a pass from Frossell and fired the puck from the left circle and beat the goaltender over his right shoulder to make it 3-1.
Just 30 seconds later Rebecca Taylor ’18 and Pond fed Frossell who scored his second of the game to make it 4-1. During this spurt of goals by the Storm, Brendan Whiteley played great in net and made a number of crucial saves.
The Cadets would not go away easily and came out fired up and just 10 seconds into the third period scored to make it an interesting 4-2 game.
The final period was mostly tight grinding action with a number of penalties on both sides until the Storm put the game away for good when, with four minutes remaining, Ernberg ’20 scored his first goal of the season unassisted. This ensured that a strong Storm team performance would not be wasted.
Whiteley finished the game making 24 saves for his first career St. Luke’s goalie victory.
The team now enters the Holiday break at 3-2 overall. Their next game will be on Tuesday, January 4 as they travel to Stamford Twin Rinks to play The King School at 3:30pm