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Bob Jones Hockey finishes Runner-Up
Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00
Grant DaytonHuntsville Stays Cool, 7-6
The Huntsville High players and coaches said they never lost faith. The did. however, ask for some divine intervention to crawl out of a three-goal hole in the Havoc Cup hockey championship game Saturday at the Von Braun Center. "we were down and we needed help," Joshua Kestner said after snaring game Most Valuable Player honors following the Oanthers' thrilling 7-6 victory over Bob Jones. "I think it was the prayer in the locker room. Usually we pray before the game, but we didn't. We did after the second period." Whether or not the power of prayer played a role or not is certainly up for debate. This much is certain - once Huntsville seized momentum it wouldn't let it go. "We got a couple of penalties, they got momentum and we couldn't get it back," Bob Jones' J.D. Cousard said. Bob Jones, which Cousard said gave Huntsville its "best showing" in four meetings this season, led before the game was a minute old, stretched a 2-0 lead to 3-1 at the end of the first period and surged ahead 5-2 with 4:47 left in the second. But the Panthers heated up and, benind hat tricks by both Kestner and Philip Brol, went on to erase the painful memory of last season's 8-7 loss to Grissom in the title game. "we've been in situations like this before and we tend to make a comeback," Brol said. "Everybody kept believing. We got a couple of quick goals and got momentum." Brol and Kestner, who scored Huntsville's first two goals and the last, also had assists. "our kids never give up," Panthers coach Ed Ragland said. "Their will to win has been there all year long. It's not in their mindset to give up." Huntsville's Livia Linden was in goal for the first period. She faced seven shots and stopped four. Austin Howard was in goal for the final two periods. He faced 11 shots and stopped nine. Bob Jones' Kyle Wendell was in goal all three periods. He faced 26 shots and made 19 saves. (By Mike Easterling, Huntsville Times)
Bob Jones Hockey In Playoffs
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 00:00
Grant DaytonBob Jones Patriots have the opportunity to add one more state title to their repertoire for the 2009-2010 school year. On March 27 the Patriots will be playing the Huntsville Panthers for the fourth time this season for the Havoc Cup (formerly the Jean Marc Plante Trophy) at the Von Braun Center. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. and will precede the final regular season game of the Huntsville Havoc against the Columbus Cottonmouths. Hockey sometimes gets over-shadowed in the midst of other noted sports in the high school ranks, but the Patriots have the chance to grab the spotlight for the time being and share the limelight with their fellow classmates of other sports. Bob Jones has state championship titles by the boys’ swim team and the boys’ basketball team. The Patriots got the hockey season off to a great start with an overtime win over Huntsville High. Bob Jones took the match 5-4 in that game, with Dustin Swift leading the team with two goals scored. Dylan Dalton, Brandon Glines and Cameron Fulgenzi added a goal each for the Patriots. Huntsville was led by Josh Kestner with the hat-trick and three goals netted, while Phillip Broyle added one. Huntsville and Bob Jones split the final two. High school hockey was started up in 1999 and since that time, the Patriots have been in the finals three other times. Bob Jones made it to the finals in 2002-03 season and faced the Grissom Tigers, losing that contest in a 9-4 decision. In 2003-04, Bob Jones revisited the ice arena and came away with a 4-2 win over Catholic High of Huntsville for their only hockey state championship. Again, they faced off with Grissom in 2005-06, but came up short once more to the Tigers 3-0. Fulgenzi has led the team on the season with 18 total goals, including three hat tricks. Swift has followed on the season with 16 goals and two hat tricks, Armin Gierow has a total of 10 goals scored this season and one hat trick, Alex Kryzak shot in seven goals, Glines with eight goals, J. D. Cousart and Nathan Hubler each with four goals, Dalton, Robby Chalmers and Jared Neely each with two goals, Adam Donovan with three goals and Carter Rivers with one. Assists were led by Fulgenzi with 13, Gierow with 11 and Dalton with 10. Glines and Neely each had six assists, Swift and Cousart each added eight assists on the season, while Hubler and Alex Kryzak added five. Fulgenzi had a total of 31 points so far on the year, followed by Swift with 24 points, Gierow with 21 points and Glines with 14 points. Fulgenzi had 69 shots on goal for a 26 percent made. Gierow and Alex Kryzak followed with 47 shot on goal each, Cousart and Dalton with 30 each, and Kayla Kryzak added three. (By Tony Sisk, Madison Magazine)