CANTON – Xaverian finds its groove in the midst of a tough battle against the enemy of the Catholic Conference, and they earned their fourth consecutive victory last night with a 2-1 win over the Catholic monument.
Regulations could not determine a winner, but with only 17 seconds left in the extra frame, Matthew Ryan introduced a cross pass to the right circle for senior captain Ryan Pomposelli, who drilled a one-timer house for his second of the night, to give Xaverian ( 6-1-3) a 2-1 victory.
“It was fun, it felt like a Super Eight game in mid-March,” said Pomposelli. “I just missed it twice in a row … Matty knew where I would be and my thinking process was just” shooting, just hitting it. ”
With the new MIAA rules testing overtime competitions in the regular season, this game is right in the books, but the Hawks approached it with a high level of competitiveness.
“We’re trying to be smart about how we do this because the overtime is a pilot program,” said Xaverian head coach David Spinale. “It’s a great lesson … it’s a great rivalry and OT makes it fun too, so I’m glad we can do that now.”
Knotted at 1-1 in the second, Knight’s second goalkeeper Dom Walecka came up enormously, setting aside all 11 shots he encountered during the period.
The Hawks created an escape option for Ty Magliozzi, who was denied by the left block before Pomposelli stepped into the rebound from the right circle, but Walecka (26 rescues) flashed the right path as he moved to the left for good coverage.
On the other hand, Xaverian junior Kyle Harvey (26 rescues) stopped seven second shots in the period, including a difficult diversion on a CM-power-play late in the period to keep the score on his way to the third.
In a tightly controversial opening frame, Xaverian was able to hit first with only 1:35 on the clock when Riley Stanley collected sales along the left wings and fired a perfect cross pass for the low bet for Pomposelli who fired it through Walecka’s legs.
“Pomposelli is just an effort dude,” said Spinale. “We were talking about being disciplined and keeping the shot low, but the trigger pulled.”
CM (6-3-3) would respond before the buzzer when a scavenger in the Xaverian fold followed and second-year student Gavin Havens found the puck, gathered himself and shot a top shot above the bodies with just eight seconds to go.