Haiber lifts Mount St. Joe to 3-2 win over Spalding

Junior scores winner with 2:40 left in game

High Schools

December 12, 2003|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The talk in the local high school hockey community is that a few other teams are catching up to five-time Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Mount St. Joseph.

One of those teams is Archbishop Spalding, but the Gaels proved to be up for the challenge yesterday.

Ricky Haiber scored the tiebreaking goal as Mount St. Joseph rallied to defeat the Cavaliers in a key league game, 3-2, at Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton. The Gaels (2-0, 1-0) had trailed most of the second period and well into the third.

The Cavaliers (6-1-1, 0-1), behind goalie Darren DeLullo's 40 saves, played well, but not well enough.

"That was a great game," said Gaels coach Erv Terwilliger. "We had many chances, even many quality chances, but [DeLullo] played a great game. We were challenged, and we proved we were up to the challenge."

The first part of the game featured the Gaels peppering DeLullo with shots, but the senior goalie made several acrobatic saves. His efforts paid off 9:19 into the second period when Spalding sophomore Adam Barragan one-timed a pass from the left boards and beat Gaels goalie Drew Matteo to his upper left for a 1-0 Spalding lead.

The Gaels patiently waited for their chances, but continued to be turned away by DeLullo.

"We aren't used to playing from behind, but I kept telling them to be patient and we'd get one," said Terwilliger.

With 5:59 gone in the third period, the Gaels tied the game on a tip-in by senior Patrick Riley, then took a 2-1 lead 20 seconds later on a hard shot from 15 feet by Matt MacQuilliam.

Spalding junior Jay Bieler tipped in a rebound off a wraparound shot to again tie the game with 6:43 left.

With 2:40 left, the Cavaliers made one of their few mistakes.

As Mount St. Joseph skated into its offensive zone, the Cavaliers aggressively battled for the puck - but lost track of Haiber. The junior skated in from the right point to 10 feet in front of DeLullo, then found a perfectly placed pass from MacQuilliam. He beat DeLullo to his upper right to give the Gaels the win.

"That was a great effort from my line, and they set me up perfectly," said Haiber. "I stayed out high, and I somehow got away."

Said DeLullo: "We were playing up and forgot about our positions. The last goal was just a complete breakdown."

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