• David Nicoletti


Updated: Feb 22

Written by: David Nicoletti

Thursday evening at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA witnessed Bishop McCort's first game without one of their star players. Maverick Baker, a 16-year-old sophomore defensemen for the Crushers, past away on the afternoon of Friday, February 11th. Both teams, McCort, and their opponents, the Greater Johnstown Trojans, gathered around center ice for a tribute, along with 88 seconds of silence. After it was all set and done, a hockey game was set to be played.

The game, just a game for these boys to have fun and play. Number 88's shown on the scoreboard, in honor of the young bright talented player. Looking like the first 17 minutes were to end scoreless, McCort forward Lukas Cascino sneaked over a nice pass to his line-mate, Matthew Ribblett, as he buried it past goaltender Brock Mroczka on the power-play, giving the Crushers a 1-0 lead after one.

McCort registered two-more on the board early in the middle frame from forwards Brennan Karalfa, and Lukas Cascino. Johnstown then responded midway through the second with their first set of goals. Which came off the sticks of Jacob Moore and Jackson Wirick, making it a 3-2 game. However McCort responded with two goals late in the second, followed by a Trojans goal by Evan Gardenhour. This made the score 5-3 heading into the third period.

Greater Johnstown then took advantage of a McCort too many men penalty early in the period, as Nathaniel Denault snuck it past goaltender Stephen Sanders, making it a one-goal game. However the Crusher wouldn't go away, as Brennan Karalfa capitalized with his second of the game to make it 6-4 Bishop McCort. Johnstown then made a statement midway through the period, as they tied the game up, goals from Denault and Jackson Wirick. Regulation time then came to a close, three-on-three overtime was needed to settle this battle.

It wouldn't take long to decide a winner, as Brennan Karalfa completed his hat-trick 0:38 seconds into extra time. Giving the Bishop McCort Crushers the 7-6 win over the Greater Johnstown Trojans. Winning the game not only for them, but for their fallen Crusher as well.

All McCort goals honored Baker as one of the helpers.

Game photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.366013475526752&type=3

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