On Tuesday afternoon in LSSAA Boys hockey semi final the Irish were engaged in a see-saw battle all afternoon with the SCITS Bombers. St. Pat's jumped into a quick 2-0 first period lead with goals by Alec DeKoning and Franco Sproviero. But before the period was out the Bombers clawed their way back into the game with two goals scored by Hayden Gardner and Kyle Smith.
In the second period the Bombers took their first lead of the game on an early period goal by Jake Romphf. The teams traded excellent scoring chances for much of the remainder of the mid-frame but it was the Irish that capitalized on two of their chances with goals by Franco Sproviero and Brett Corrigan to take a 4-3 lead into the third period.
But once again it was the Bombers who answered the challenge and tied it up early in the third with a goal by Alec Segers and then the Bombers jumped into a 5-4 lead just a little over a minute later on another goal by Alec Segers. The Irish pressed hard throughout the remainder of the period but the Bomber tender Nolan Nicholson stood tall in net and turned the Irish away at every opportunity. However with the St. Pat's goaltender pulled for the extra attacker the Bombers tried to put the game away with a long shot taken from their side of center which fortunately for the Irish missed the net and resulted in an icing call with 16 seconds remaining on the clock. On the ensuing faceoff the Irish won the draw back to the point and Nicholson was required to make what appeared to be the game saving save for the Bombers. But there was fight left yet in the Irish and with less than 10 seconds on the clock and one last faceoff, St. Pat's Brett Corrigan won the critical draw to James Pavey on the half-boards who feathered a beautiful pass to Brent Blaise at the back door of the Bomber net who hammered home the puck for the game tying goal for the Irish with 6 seconds remaining in regulation time.
If all of that was not exciting enough - it was just a preamble to the overtime period. With both teams playing 4 on 4 (league OT rules) each team traded glorious scoring opportunities but both goaltenders - Nicholson for the Bombers and Noah Melanson for the Irish - turned each scoring chance away. It was 5 minutes into the overtime period when the Irish's Brent Blaise took a blazing slap-shot from the high slot that Eyre saved but James Pavey buried the rebound for an incredibly exciting 6-5 victory for St. Pat's.
This truly was one of the more exciting LSSAA boys hockey playoff games to be played in recent memory. Players from both team's represented their respective school's extremely well. The Bombers Alec Segers had two goals and an assist and his teammate Jake Romphf tallied a goal and two assists. Franco Sproviero for the Irish had two goals and an assist and his teammate Alec DeKoning scored a goal and two assists.
The other LSSAA semi-final will be played tomorrow, Wednesday February 12 at 3pm at Clearwater arena between LCCVI (Petrolia) and NCIV (Northern). The winner of this semi-final game will meet St. Pat's in the LSSAA final to be played next week, Wednesday February 19th at 7pm at the Sarnia arena.