Jacksonville with the impressive opener in a 19-8 victory. The Jacksonville Dolphins feed off the Bellarmine Knights in Season Opener. Jacksonville fell behind when Brayden Brown (1g) converted a feed from James Whiteford to put the Bellermine Knights in front, 1-0.
The euphoria didn’t last long as J’Ville went on a four-goal run fueled by a pair from Jack Dolan (3g,3a) and singles from Luke Robinson (3g) accompanied by Troy Hettinger (3g) with just :24 on the game clock. Connor Shears (1g) pushed it to 5-1 just :23 into the second.
Bellarmine broke the run with a Preston Rhodes (1g) unassisted marker that made it tight a 5-2. Jacksonville clamped down and blew things open with a four-goal run. Thanks to tallies from Dolan, Robinson, Ethan Lamond, and a man-up goal furnished by Hettinger. It marked the second last-minute goal from Hettinger, and the Dolphins went to the locker room within solid control, 9-2.
It was more of the same in the second half with Jacksonville pushing it to 10-2 with Evan Tyler (1g,1a) getting on the stat sheet with just 1:02 elapsed. Hettinger and Brett Reilly (1g,4a) made it a 7-0 run before Dylan Tulett (1g) stopped the onslaught with a man down tally. Matt Stagnitta (1g,2a) and Curtis Goddard (1g,2a) countered within a minute seven. Griffin Bowie (1g) banged home a marker with just :27 left and it looked like Bellarmine was gonna battle back.
Hold that thought! Sam Chase had an answer just :22 later to send it to the final stanza. Bellarmine had a huge hill to climb trailing, 15-4. An extra-man goal from Landon Trout (1g) followed by Kyle Playsted (1g) a little over a minute later seemed to signal an unlikely comeback.
I did say unlikely right? Jacksonville returned the favor with a volley thanks to Jeremy Winston (1g), Evan Tyler (1g,1a) and Sam Chase (2g) and with 6:43 to play, it was run the clock time. Bellarmine was not going quietly and got markers from Christian Dellarocco (1g) and matched by James Whiteford (1g,2a). Luke Robinson closed the door on the scoring and Jacksonville opens their season with an impressive 19-8 victory.
Dis and Dat
How dominant was Jacksonville? They had the edge in every critical category. Shots were 44-22 with 23-12 on goal. Ground balls saw a 42-20 edge and saves were 9-4. The most telling stat, Nathan Kapp was an unsung hero, going an unworldly, 27 of 31 from the “x”. 14 players got on the scoresheet for the Dolphins.
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