Last Wednesday, Williston had a date with Loomis Chaffee in South Windsor, and just when the Wildcats thought that the Pelicans were going to pick up the check, an LC forward tied the game with just 1:48 remaining in the game. A five-minute overtime would be for naught and both clubs would leave the rink with one point apiece forcing both clubs to go Dutch.
Williston got on the board on the power play at the 5:46 mark of the first period when Shaul Mitton made a pass to the top of the umbrella that was collected by Zac Gmerek. Gmerek made a quick pass to the right side of the ice to Connor Hagness, perched on the top of the face off dot, who let a one-timer go that was tipped in by Ryan Deschamps to put the Wildcats up 1-0. Then, six-and-a-half minutes later, Alex Latkovski put hard pressure on a Loomis player along the boards forcing the puck to squeak out to the blue line to Tommy Harty who drove hard to the net and let the howitzer go from the slot beating Loomis goalie, Kyle Chauvette, over the glove. Williston took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Loomis came out quickly in the second scoring two goals nine seconds apart. Will Tripp put the ‘Cats up 3-2 when he made a pass to Brandon Barrett skating into the Loomis zone. Barrett drove to the corner and made a nice back-pass to Tripp who let a shot go that was deflected into the air and tipped in by a Pelican player. Loomis got two more goals in the period to go up 4-3.
In the third, Tommy Harty skated into the Loomis end with Tripp at his heels. Harty dropped the puck to Tripp and got the puck back to Harty who drove to the net causing an LC defenseman to slide across the crease leaving a wide-open Jake Sacratini charging to the far post. Harty slid a slick pass to number nine who buried the puck past Chauvette. Then, again on the power play, Matt Pimental won the draw back to Gmerek who let a shot go that was blocked but a serendipitous puck with eyes glided neatly onto Tyler Varin’s stick; the assistant captain let a Rhode Island rocket go from the point that was deflected by another Ocean State son, Pimental, putting the Wildcats up 5-4. Williston tried to weather the storm but was unable to as Loomis tied the game at the end of the period. Overtime proved unproductive for both clubs. So, at the end of the game when all the cards were down, there was just the scratched up ice left and the broken dreams of a victory that was lost.
Williston goalie Emile Savoie made a whopping 56 saves earning the tie.
The Wildcats took a hiatus from campus this weekend as the entire school went on mid-winter recess. Williston is back at it on Wednesday as they welcome the Hoggers of Northfield Mount Herman to town for a 2:45 tilt. Excellent seats are still available. We hope to see you there.