Bishop Foley scored three goals Saturday night against Team Alliance Hockey, but it wasn’t enough to win the game. Team Alliance netted a handful of goals to take home a 5-3 victory.
Team Alliance is a four school co-op composed of Lakeville, North Branch, Dryden, and Goodrich High Schools.
Each team had several players with multiple points in the game.
Bishop Foley’s Tyler Hiltunen and Steven Jacques both had a goal and an assist. Foley’s Andrew Williamson had two assists, and David Halvorson had a solo helper.
Team Alliance’s Travis Gilmer led the way with a pair of both goals and assists for four points. Zach Giegler had a goal and an assist. Also scoring for Alliance was Austin Hendrickson and Logan Hendrickson.
After Alliance went up 2-0 in the first period, Bishop Foley struck back at 10:52 of the second period.
Foley’s David Halvorson charged up the right wing and circled the Alliance net. Halvorson fed the puck to Jacques. Hiltunen then picked-up the feed and beat Alliance goalie Nick Seosock. Alliance’s lead was cut to 2-1.
“Tyler Hiltunen got a real nice goal by going to the front of the net and then taking a beating from the other team and the puck went in the net,” said Bishop Foley Head Coach Dave Williamson.
“David Halvorson played the best hockey game of the year,” continued Williamson. “He was a real good leader tonight. He did everything we asked him to do.“
Alliance had a chance to pad its lead late in the second period when Bishop Foley went down by two men on minor penalties. The penalties carried over into the third period. Foley played a tight triangle defense that Alliance could not penetrate, and killed the two man penalty only to have Alliance score 20 seconds later.
With Alliance up 4-1 in the third period, Foley did not fold. It took almost six minutes after Alliance scored for Foley’s Nick Garbarz to tighten the score to 4-2. Foley was still in the game with 5:51 left in the third period.
Williamson said “There was no quit tonight. Everyone played hard.”
Alliance went back on top by three goals when Travis Gilmer picked the pocket of a Foley defenseman at center ice and skated in on Foley’s goalie, Daniel Collins. Gilmer scored to make the score 5-3 for Alliance.
Steven Jacques goal with 1:18 left in the third period for Foley cut Alliance’s lead to 5-3. Foley then pulled Collins for an extra attacker, but did not score.
Bishop Foley’s next game will open Catholic High School League play for Foley when it takes on rival Shrine on December 20th. That game will be played at Royal Oak’s John Lindell Arena.
Coach Williamson’s closing thought, “If we play like this I think we’ll be ok. We can only get better and that’s what we’re doing right now.”