HIGH SCHOOL ICE HOCKEY Mooney-Ursuline, Poland tie 3-3 on goal by Graziani
The final goal came with 51 seconds remaining against Poland.
By GREG GULAS
BOARDMAN -- Steve Graziani's goal with 51 seconds remaining, his second of the game, lifted Mooney-Ursuline to a 3-3 tie with the Poland Bulldogs in a Northeast Ohio High School Hockey League game Sunday night at The Ice Zone.
"Our kids played well and this was a real confidence builder for us," M-U coach Alex Zaytsev said. "This is our second straight outing where things have fallen into place for us.
"I thought that Joey Carothers played an excellent game in goal tonight," added Zaytsev. "We had a couple of costly turnovers in our zone, but I thought overall we had an excellent outing."
The Bulldogs (13-5-3) jumped out to a 2-0 advantage after two periods despite the fact that five players and coach Greg Leslie were on the sidelines serving one-game suspensions imposed by the league.
"We got tired defensively in the final period," acting coach Kevin Gruelle said. "With four defensemen and our leading scorer forced to the sidelines, we had to do some line switching and it takes a while to get used to each other. With all things considered, we'll take the tie."
Poland's Timothy Jones scored at 6 minutes, 28 seconds of the opening period to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
When James Pasquine scored the first of his two goals at 11:31 of the second period, the Bulldogs took a 2-0 advantage.
"James Pasquine has been solid for us all season long," Gruelle said. "His two goals tonight now gives him four in his last two contests. His offense obviously no surprise to anyone. The best part is the fact that he is only a sophomore. We still have him for two more years."
It didn't take long for M-U (3-8-3) to mount their comeback bid in the final period. Graziani, with an assist from Josh Hayat and Jake Secich, ended the Bulldog shutout at 2:02 while an unassisted goal by Justin Umbs at 7:04 tied the score.
Pasquine's second goal (assisted by Robbie Wyand) of the contest at 11:08 put Poland back in the lead at 3-2.
Mooney-Ursuline had a 27-21 shots on goal advantage, out-shooting the Bulldogs 10-4 in the final 15 minutes.
Poland goalie Cody Hiznay rejected 24 M-U shots while Carothers stopped 18 Bulldog shots.