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HOCKEY: Gabriel Richard too much for Bishop Foley to handle

The hardest working player on the ice in Saturday night’s game between the Bishop Foley Unified Warriors and the Fighting Irish of Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard was the Warriors senior goalie, Alex Day.

Day faced 39 shots in a 5-0 loss to Gabriel Richard. The Irish’s goalie, John Stante, earned the shutout while staring down 15 Warriors shots.

“We lost to a real good team,” said Warriors head coach Dave Williamson, “and I thought we played really well considering the circumstances”.

The circumstances are the same that have haunted the Warriors all season – a short bench. Gabriel Richard had 22 players on the bench to the Warriors 12 players who dressed for the game.

The Warriors fought the Irish to a 0-0 tie in the first period.

“Second period, Richard came out guns a-blazing. We couldn’t get out of our zone because they were winning the battles. The table kind of tilted the other way,” observed Williamson.

The Irish scored the game’s first goal at 9:29 of the second period. They then doubled their lead to two goals on a power play at 4:54 of the second period.

Just 16 seconds later, the Irish’s Matt Dahm poked the puck away from a Warriors player at center ice and skated in for a breakaway goal, unassisted.

The Irish also dominated in shots on goal in the second period, 19-3.

The Warriors leveled the ice in the third period, allowing only seven Irish shots on goal, while getting seven shots on the Irish net. Two of the Irish shots in the third period found the back of the Warriors net.

The Warriors were called for a minor penalty at 5:59 of the third period. The Irish won the face-off in the Warriors end, and 5 second later the puck was in the Warriors net.

The Irish added the fifth and final goal of the game late in the third period.

The Warriors did have their opportunities during the game, but could not score. The Irish were called for seven minor penalties, one of which gave the Warriors a brief two man advantage.

“We didn’t score (on the power play). That’s the difference this year right now,” reflected Williamson. “Teams are playing a real good penalty kill on us, and that’s something we have to work on”.

Last Updated: 1/21/2013 4:00:27 AM EST

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