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Monday, December 10, 2012Prep Hockey: St. John's pins 5-2 loss on Findlay in conference play
St. John's improved to 4-0-0 in NHC Red Division play and sits atop the standings with 24 points. Sylvania Northview (2-0-0 NHC) and Findlay (2-1-0 NHC) are currently tied for second with 14 points.
"Toledo St. John's appears to be one of the favorites in the state, so we'll need to beat them at some point," said FHS coach Joe Longo.
Findlay will get that chance Friday when the Trojans host the Titans in a NHC rematch at The Cube.
In Saturday's game, power-play goals by Andy Martin allowed Findlay to twice overcame one-goal deficits and forge a 2-2 tie with St. John's.
Martin's first goal, on an assist from Zach Wohlgamuth, tied it 1-1 with 5:09 left in the second period. His second, with Noah Hindall and Ethan Willis assisting, knotted it 2-2 with 5:09 left in the third.
Findlay penalties would prove costly, though.
Austin Kelly put St. John's back on top with a power-play goal, then pumped in another goal on an assist from Caleb Hauenstein with three minutes left. Nick Verbosky added another power-play goal with 12 seconds on the clock.
Kelly also assisted on Ryan Rapp's goal five minutes into the game. Dom Horvath's power-play goal with 10 seconds left in the second period put the Titans up 2-1.
St. John's outshot Findlay 40-23. Alex Woolley made 35 saves for the Trojans; Mike Barrett came up with 21 saves for St. John's.
Martin also scored two goals on Friday when Findlay used a seven-goal barrage to bury Bedford, Mich, 7-3 in NHC play.
Bedford led 1-0 before Findlay tied it on A.J. Bishop's goal midway through the first period, then pumped in five second-period goals to blow the match wide open.
Martin, Hindall, Willis, Matt Atkins and Clary Robertson scored in the second period. Martin's second goal made it 7-1 in the third.
Hindall and Mason Williams had two assists and Connor Curlis, Patrick Hall, Wohlgamuth, Adam Weems and Drew Thompson one.
Findlay had a 37-34 edge in shots. But goaltender Joe Longo recorded 32 saves.
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