One of the rarest, and most exciting plays in hockey is the penalty shot. And a penalty shot was called against the Bishop Foley Unified Warriors with one second left in the second period of their game against the Father Gabriel Richard Fighting Irish on Monday night.
The Irish were already leading the Warriors 4-1, on their way to a 5-1 victory, when the penalty shot call was made.
To earn the call, a Warriors player closed his hand on the puck in the Warriors crease. Only the goalie can stop play with his hand by freezing the puck. The Irish picked Dustin Dahm to take the shot on Warriors goalie Alex Day.
Dahm picked-up the puck at center ice, skated in and tried to stuff the puck in on Day’s left side.
Day slammed the door shut with his pads. No goal.
Day’s stop was one of two highlights for the Warriors in a game that favored the Irish both in shots on goal, 45-11, and in the score.
“We didn’t come to the dance in the first two periods,” said Warriors Head Coach Dave Williamson. “(The Irish) took advantage of that. They were moving the puck well. They got 4 goals in the first two periods. We have to come out and skate three periods.”
The other highlight for the Warriors occurred at 2:39 of the second period. With an Irish penalty winding down, the Warriors Dominic Doxen found the puck on his stick close-in on the side of the Irish’s net. Doxen buried it in the net.
“That was a nice goal,” said Williamson. “Dominic went to the dirty area. He scored on a second shot rebound. He got knocked on his tail afterwards. He paid the price, but that’s hockey.”
Doxen’s goal broke the Irish shut-out and made the score late in the second period 4-1. Austin Lukaschewski and Tyler Hiltunen got assists on the goal.
The Irish went on to net a power play goal 21 seconds into the third period to make the final score 5-1.