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HOCKEY: Notre Dame Prep clutch on the penalty kill in win over Bishop Foley

TROY – The Pontiac Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish hockey team clawed their way to a 3-0 win over the Bishop Foley Unified Warriors Saturday night.

Notre Dame started quick in this one with Filippo Leone scoring on a breakaway just 49 seconds into the game to give the Irish the lead right out of the gate. Troy Bishop would add goals in the second and third periods, the latter an empty-net goal to seal the game with 18 seconds to play, to account for the Irish offense.

But the key to the game was Notre Dame’s penalty kill which was a perfect 11 for 11 on the night as the Irish spent the majority of the third period on the penalty kill, at one point having to kill penalties continuously for nearly eight minutes with most that time being down five on three. In all, Notre Dame Prep was whistled for seven consecutive penalties in the period, most of which overlapped with each other.

But the Irish penalty killers did an outstanding job of preventing the shorthanded Warriors from setting up the power play consistently.

“Our kids gutted it out. The kids that were out there killing penalties did what they needed to do, and near the end especially they made some really nice plays to clear the zone,” Notre Dame head coach Bob Rosbury said.

In addition to the good work done by the penalty killers, goaltender Jacob Conroy had a strong game, making 21 saves to preserve the shutout enabling Notre Dame Prep to hang on for the win.

“Our goaltender was outstanding,” Notre Dame head coach Bob Rosbury said. “Lucky we had him and he was on his game tonight for us to pull that victory out. They had more quality chances than we did.”

Despite the loss, Williamson was pleased with his team’s effort on the night as the Warriors battled all night despite being reduced to only eight skaters due to injuries. “All in all, with only eight players, running three defense all night, I think we surprised Notre Dame,” he said. “They’re out there giving us everything they’ve got, and they haven’t quit on each other which is nice. A lot of teams I’ve seen with 8, 9, 10 players they just stop playing for each other, and these guys don’t.”

He was especially happy with the play of his defense which held Notre Dame Prep to 25 shots on goal. “Our defense has been stellar all year. Rudy Stuglin, Kristin Doxen, Dominic Doxen, and Andrew Williamson have been one big bright spot,” he said. “I don’t know where we’d be without them.”

With the win, Notre Dame Prep improves to 4-5 on the year heading into a tough game Wednesday night when they host Grosse Pointe South. Bishop Foley Unified falls to 3-9. The Warriors have a week to try and heal up a few players before they take travel to the west side of the state to play a pair of games in Grand Rapids. They'll then take on Riverview Gabriel Richard on Jan. 17.

Last Updated: 1/5/2013 11:19:02 PM EST

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