Kent Roosevelt icers run into buzzsaw

By David Carducci Record-Courier staff writer Published:

BROOKLYN _ Normandy unleashed a furious offensive attack for a 6-1 victory over Kent Roosevelt to capture the Division II championship game of the Baron Cup Sunday afternoon at the Brooklyn Recreation Center.

Left winger Pat Morrolly led the Invaders attack, scoring four points on a pair of goals and assisting on scores by Sean Beskid and Nick Kafantaris.

The Beskid goal put Normandy in a commanding 2-0 lead with 43 seconds remaining in the first period after it appeared the Rough Riders had weathered an offensive storm behind the goaltending of Brian Gallagher.

The sophomore goalie had a breakthrough tournament between the posts in leading the Rough Riders to the title game, but received little help from his teammates Sunday as the Invaders fired 54 shots on goal compared with just 24 by Kent Roosevelt.

"I thought Brian played an outstanding game, right up until the last two goals he gave up late in the third period," said Kent Roosevelt coach Bernie Hovey. "Unfortunately, we didn't give him any support."

After Normandy scored on its first shot of the day when Steve Loas flicked a centering pass by Erik Milliron into the net 2:06 into the first period, Gallagher shut down the Invaders on countless odd-man breaks.

With 7:20 left in the first, a breakaway by Brandon Osborne was denied by a sliding Gallagher after a giveaway at center ice. Two minutes later, Osborne found the puck in front of the net after a 2-on-1 break, but Gallagher gloved a wrist shot by the Invaders' forward from point-blank range.

Normandy fired 12 shots on net in the final 7:20 of the first period, but didn't light the lamp for their second time until Beskid's late goal, which seemed to take the wind out of Kent Roosevelt's sails.

The Rough Riders (11-12-2) were outshot 17-8 and 15-5 in the second and third periods, respectively.

"Idon't think we had any quality offense today," said Hovey. "I don't think we had any quality in the defensive zone either. A lot of that is because of Normandy. They are a good team. You don't win 24 games by being a bad team ... But I think we are a better team than what we showed."

Normandy (24-4-1) extended its lead to 4-0 on second-period goals by Ryan Wenmoth (3:25) and Morrolly (14:26).

Kent Roosevelt avoided a shutout when right winger Scott Wilson scored on a rebound with 6:16 left in the contest.

Wilson's goal was the only mark against Normandy goaltender Jeremy Kingsmill, who came up with 23 saves on the afternoon.

Normandy closed out the game on a pair of late goals. Nick Kafantaris scored the first on an assist by Morrolly with 5:08 to play, then returned the favor on Morrolly's second goal 47 seconds later.

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