BLOOMFIELD HILLS – The Romeo Bulldogs and Bloomfield Unified Chargers played to a 1-1 draw Thursday evening.
Hunter Jenuwine opened the scoring midway through the first period for Romeo, and Johnny Artemenko stuffed one in for Bloomfield early in the third period for the only two goals of the game.
Both teams had plenty of chances in this one as the game flowed from end to end, but ultimately they were left to rue the chances they had missed.
“[In] overtime, we had a couple of chances to put the puck in the net, and unfortunately we didn’t. But walking away with a tie is better than walking away with a loss,” Chargers assistant coach Dave Ward said.
A big part of the offensive struggles for each team could be attributed to excellent play by both goaltenders. Netminder Nick Dingwall piled up 47, including 20 in the first period for the Chargers.
“I think Nick (Dingwall) tonight had one of his best games of the season,” Ward said.
“He had an excellent game,” Romeo head coach John Minjoe said.
Dingwall’s counterpart Nick Santi had a solid game at the opposite end of the ice for Romeo making 22 saves. In addition to strong play from Santi, the Romeo back checkers had a good night often getting back in time to break up odd man rushes without a shot.
“They (Romeo) are a good, organized hockey team, and they’re disciplined,” Ward said.
But sometimes, a draw can look very different depending on what bench you’re sitting on. For Romeo coach John Minjoe, whose team came into the game winners of 16 of their last 18, the draw was a disappointing result.
“It was a very disappointing effort from our team today,” he said. “We want to forget this one and get back to business. If we can take something seriously out of it, it’s that you have to play hard every game, every shift. Of course we tell the players that all year long, but we just hope they learn a lesson from something like this,” he added.
On the other bench, Ward was pleased with what he saw from the Chargers. “They did really well. I think they focused on their game,” he said.
Next up for Romeo (17-4-1) is their final MAC White game of the year as they visit L’Anse Creuse on Saturday. Bloomfield (8-9-4)is off until next Wednesday when they travel to Troy to take on the Troy Athens Redhawks in an OAA White match up.