It’s that time of year again. America’s Showcase is back! The boys arrived in St. Louis last night. After dinner and a quick team meeting, it was time for bed.
Early start this morning for the boys, breakfast at 7:00 am because the bus was leaving at 8:00 am. Game one was against Team Wisconsin, who just like us is comprised of the best kids in their area.
Before the game, I had a chat with Head Coach Nikita Alekseev and asked what it would take to come out on top today, “Effort. We need effort.”
Tyler Moschella got the nod and started the game for EDP. The boys came out fast, Wisconsin managed to control most of the puck early on but some stellar defense from Santiago Barios and Nathan Norris helped the boys hold their own.
Justin Strate got rung up for tripping halfway through the first period but the team was able to kill it with from Dylan O’ Connor making some big plays to get the puck out of our zone.
Wisconsin got on the board first with a shot from the top of the circle that Moschella was screened on. A few minutes later, Norris attempted to clear the puck, but the puck found its way to the other team, who roofed it for an easy goal. Three minutes or so later, a lack of communication and poor passing led to a turnover in our own zone that resulted in a Wisc. player having a free look on net.
A whole lot of the same in the second period but regardless of the score, the boys were still hungry to get back into the game in the third.
After a zam, we headed into the third with a goalie change. Troy Burkhart got in between the pipes and absolutely stood on his head. Ultimately, he was able to keep Wisconsin off the board for the entire period. I tip my cap to our goalies today, they are warriors. You can’t do much when the shots are 3 to 1 in the other team’s favor. They made us proud.
The EDP offense without a doubt picked up in the third. The Zach Hendle, Tucker Tassone, Tyler Stowe line kicked things into gear with a flurry of chances and opportunities but was unable to find the back of the net. You can defiantly tell the two Mitchell players, Tassone and Hendle, have great chemistry out there on the ice! I spoke with Hendle after the game about the team’s performance in game one. “We need to come out flying. Individual hockey is not going to get us anywhere. We need to work together as one.”
Tylus Williamson-Sah echoed something similar, “We came alive in the third, but we need to start that way, not just finish that way. From minute one to the last buzzer we need to play smart and play together.”
The good news is that the boys shook off the loss and are ready to go again tomorrow when they take on Team Maryland.