HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY Mooney-Ursuline sparked by Johnson
Luke Johnson scored three goals and Phil Colucci got the go-ahead tally against Boardman in a 6-4 win.
By GREG GULAS
BOARDMAN -- Mooney-Ursuline ice hockey player Luke Johnson scored three goals and two assists Friday against Boardman.
Still, Mooney-Ursuline needed three unanswered goals in the last two minutes of play to post a 6-4 victory in Northeast Ohio High School Hockey Association action at The Ice Zone.
"Luke Johnson is a horse for us," said Coach Alan Miller of Mooney-Ursuline (8-7-3 overall, 8-5-2 in league). "We played him on three different lines tonight as we were looking for some much needed chemistry.
"He really stepped up his game," Miller said. "Our fourth line, which included a backup goalie at center, pitched a shutout and that really makes me feel great."
Billy Burns and Jake Secich assisted on Johnson's first goal at 4:36 of the opening period, as Mooney-Ursuline held a 1-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.
Jim Pipoly scored the first of his two goals for Boardman (8-19-2, 3-7-1) at 10:47 of the second period to knot the game at a goal apiece.
"We win as a team and lose as a team, but this loss was tough to take after playing so well," Spartans coach Matt Pusateri said. "Mooney-Ursuline and Poland are our top rivals so it's easy to get fired up to play them.
"We rallied to take the lead, but gave up three unanswered goals with under two minutes to play," Pusateri said. "That is not how we wanted the game to end."
Johnson's second goal of the night, an unassisted power play goal, broke the 1-1 tie at the at 8:50 mark of the second period.
When Steve Graziani added his only goal of the night 1:36 later, M-U built a 3-1 advantage.
"Give credit to both goalies tonight," Miller said. "They each played exceptional, stopping quite a few shots throughout the game.
"Our goalie, Joe Carothers, had some stops that quite frankly amazed me," Miller said.
Pat Rafeedie assisted Pipoly on his second goal with 52 seconds remaining, cutting the M-U lead to 3-2 after two periods of play. His goal was the first of three unanswered by the Spartans.
When Tristan Lysowski (12:59) and Zach Hierro (12:13) scored their only goals of the game just 46 seconds apart, the Spartans took their first lead of the game, 4-3.
Oleg Zaytsev's shot with 1:55 remaining tied the game at 4-4. Phil Colucci's goal then gave Mooney-Ursuline a 5-4 advantage with 46 seconds remaining.
Johnson, who assisted on both Zaytsev and Colucci's goals, made it a hattrick when he recorded his third goal with just 32 seconds ticks left on the clock.
Carothers rejected 32 shots for Mooney-Ursuline while Chris Collins rejected 30 shots for the Spartans.