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HOCKEY: Bishop Foley tops Cabrini in the CHSL Showcase

Bishop Foley goalie Alex Day stopped 45 of 48 shots that he faced as the Bishop Foley Unified Warriors topped the Cabrini Monarchs 4-3 in their CHSL Showcase game played Sunday morning.

“I’m so happy for (our players),” said Bishop Foley Head Coach Dave Williamson. “They found a way tonight… It was a great win… Everybody played well.”

With 2:32 left in the first period, Bishop Foley’s Alberto Nava made a smart pass up to sniper Austin Lukaschewski who buried the puck in Cabrini’s net to open the scoring.

Early in the second period, a turn over deep in the Cabrini end, with two Cabrini players taking into each other out of the play, led to the Warriors second goal. Bishop Foley’s Matthew Blake helped set-up the play, but was not credited with an assist. Tyler Hiltunen passed the puck sharply to Steve Jacques, parked in front of the Cabrini net, for the goal.

“Every time we had a shot, we had a body there to try and get the puck in the net,” observed Williamson.

Cabrini did not let the two goal deficit get to them.

With 13 seconds left in a power play, Cabrini’s Jacob Mackie got control of the puck and passed it to Seth Globke. The puck then went cross ice in heavy traffic and Cabrini’s Brad Chavis took a perfect shot that Day had no chance to stop.

It was now a one goal game with 10:50 left to play in the second period.

Bishop Foley’s third goal came at 1:20 of the second period. It was picture perfect. Foley’s Dominic Doxen took a hard shot from the point that changed direction in front of the Cabrini net. Cabrini’s goalie made a blind save, but gave up the rebound to Blake at the side of the Cabrini net. Blake pounded it home for a goal.

Foley’s 3-1 lead did not last long.

With less than a minute to play in the second period, Cabrini turned up the heat on Foley when Brendan Alvis cut Foley’s lead to 3-2.

In the third period, Cabrini peppered the Foley net with 16 shots, but it was Foley that scored first with just 1:47 left in the period to take a 4-2 Foley lead. Hiltunen got the goal on a slap shot from the point. Lukaschewski got the solo helper.

“That was Tyler Hiltunen’s best game that I’ve seen him play in a Foley uniform,” said Williamson.

Cabrini again refused to give-up. With 48 seconds left in regulation, Chavis got his second goal of the night. Foley enjoyed an uncomfortable 4-3 lead.

With the face-off deep in the Foley end, Cabrini got an excellent scoring opportunity off the face-off in the Foley end that goalie Day turned away.

“Alex Day played phenomenal,” smiled Williamson. “That was his best game all year. With seven, eight seconds left in the game, Alex Day made the save of the game, a point blank slapper from top of the circle. With his arm stretched out, he made a beautiful glove save. That was huge.”

Foley then won the next two face-offs as time ticked down. Foley directed the puck to the boards behind their net and controlled it there, eating seconds off the clock until time expired.

Last Updated: 2/18/2013 12:49:01 AM EST

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