Governors veto Wolfpack's Section 2AA run
Park High School's boys hockey team struck St. Paul Johnson with its most deadly offensive effort since Jan. 18 last Tuesday, scoring six goals -- five in the second period.
But in the opening round of Section 2AA play, six goals wasn't enough to win. St. Paul Johnson took the victory, 10-6.
"Obviously the outcome wasn't what we wanted," said Park coach Joe Lagoo. "It wasn't our A-plus game, but we competed for the most part. It was a tough way to lose, but the kids played hard."
It was the final contest for 11 Wolfpack seniors who helped fifth-seeded Park (9-17-0, 3-13-0 SEC) earn three league victories this season after winning one in 2005-06 and none the previous year.
It was also an aggressive run for the Wolfpack, who in their last date with the section's fourth-seeded Governors fell 7-2 in the regular season.
But in last Tuesday's matchup, Park came back from a 3-1 first period deficit, scoring at 16 minutes, 23 seconds in the second period and tying the contest at 3-3 four minutes later after a John Mausolf goal.
The second period, though, became a scoring rally for both teams, as at 12:01 -- 21 seconds after their last goal -- Blake Patet chipped in a goal to help Park take the lead before Johnson tied the contest at 11:44.
It was back and forth scoring, something Johnson isn't accustomed to having, said Governor coach Moose Younghans.
"We usually don't take off like that," Johnson said of the second period. "So we talked about coming back and playing better defense and buckling down a bit."
When Johnson reclaimed the lead at 5:39, it never gave it up. Johnson blew to a 7-4 lead before the Wolfpack closed the score to 7-6 at the end of the second period after goals from Nick Bailey and Blake Pederson.
Three unanswered goals from Johnson in the final period sealed the deal for the Governors, who were led by John Schmidt with two goals and two assists and Sam Soika with three goals and an assist.
The six goals Park loaded on Johnson in the first two periods was the seventh time this season the Wolfpack fired out six or more goals -- the highest being a 9-5 win over Como Park.
Six goals should have been enough to win, but giving up 10 goals cost Park, Lagoo said.
Both teams presented senior-heavy rosters -- Johnson (14-11-1) a 10-senior team and Park an 11-senior roster.
In his senior campaign, Deryk Marks led the Wolfpack at the net with 18 goals, followed by Derek Clevenger with 12 and Pat Quinn with 10 goals. Marks was also the team's assist leader with 18. Clevenger contributed 12 assists and Mausolf had 11 assists.
"(The season) wasn't bad," Lagoo said. "We won a few more games than we did last year and we played some good games against decent teams. When the kids showed up to play, they competed with some good teams in the state and conference."
St. PAUL JOHNSON 10, PARK 6
Johnson 3 4 3 -- 10
Park 1 5 0 -- 6
PARK (6) -- Nick Bailey 2 (assist), Trevor Leonard (two assists), Deryk Marks (three assists), John Mausolf 2 (assist), Blake Patet 1, Blake Pederson 1, Pat Quinn (assist), Joe Waidelich (assist)
JOHNSON (10) -- Mike Biagini 1 (assist), Joe Burkhart (three assists), Tyler Hendrickson 1, Trenton Krueger 2 (assist), Eric Larson (assist), Pat McDonough (assist), Joe Rubbelke (assist), John Schmidt 2 (two assists), Sam Soika 3 (assist), Caleb Thesefeld 1
Saves -- Park (Schauer) 35, (Stewart) 17; Johnson (Benert) 13, Donohule 15