Alma’s Comeback Falls Short

Alma’s comeback falls short, 15-9. In Division III action the Benedictine Eagles soared over the Alma Scots. The contest was played indoors due to inclement weather in Barrington, Ill.

Joe Spahn (2g,1a) and Nik Perkins (5g,1a) kicked off the festivities with goals just thirty-one seconds apart. The Eagles (1-0) took flight and never looked back.

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Alma, (0–2) to their credit, kept battling and kept the game tight until the final stanza. Byron Weber (1g) cut the lead in half but Thomas Tillett (3g, 1a) took all of :44 to get it back to a two goal edge. Alma took the hit and Trevor Bailey (1g) countered before Tillett closed the first quarter with the Eagles in front, 4-2.

The goal exchange continued in the second with Perkins at 14:35 and Ezra Leppenan (2g,2a) exchanging net benders. Benedictine started to flex their wings and put up a mini-run fueled by Tillett and a pair from Perkins to widen the gap at 8-3. The run was snuffed out with 6:25 remaining when Anar Tumurbaatar (2g,1a) put a sweet shot in the Eagles net.

That shut the door on the first-half scoring. Alma seeming to find its game but staring at an 8-4 disadvantage. The teams went back to the goal exchange in the third.

Just :36 in, Scott Ransom pushed it to a five-goal lead before Tumurbaatar hit paydirt on the EMO 1:03 later. 1:05 would elapse before Spahn said “hold my beer” and countered on the man down. It was time for a Scots run and Haden Johnson (1g) and a pair from Connor Alley (2g,1a) took us to the final stanza with Alma having the momentum but trailing, 10-8. That would be as close as they would get and Tillett set up Perkins to push it to 11-8.

Colin Domek (2g,3a) got on the goal sheet before Leppenan would record the 9th and final goal on the afternoon for Alma. Domek added his second, then assisted on a Brendan Hall (1g) tally to get it to 14-9. Perkins set up Anthony Leahy (1g,2a) on an “oh by the way” goal with just :08 on the clock.

Dis and Dat

Shots favored Benedictine, 53-27. The Eagles poured at least 11 shots in each quarter. Ground Balls went in the Eagles’ favor, 46-29 with Face-offs also going the Birds way, 18 of 28 with Mateo Saleda winning the 18. Alma’s comeback falls short, 15-9. For more LAX coverage click here.

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