The Silver Lake High boys’ hockey team found itself in a slugfest during its second playoff game of the season.
In the end, the Lakers found themselves on the losing side of a 6-4 game at Gallo Ice Arena in the Div. 3 South bracket, putting an end to their season. The Lakers finished the season at 8-12-4.
The Lakers started the game with a goal from David Mariani 7:45 into it. Alex Heffernan was credited with the assist. However, the Lakers were unable to protect that lead; a minute later, Bourne tied things up and at the end of the first period, they put up one more to go up 2-1.
In the second period, each team scored once. Kevin Cardarelli put one up for Silver Lake but the Lakers still trailed 3-2 after two frames. Still, it was anyone’s game–but Bourne pulled away.
There was a span where three goals were scored in 26 seconds early in the final period, and this put Bourne up 5-4. First, Bourne scored with 11:26 left in the game and then came the interesting part about seven minutes later.
Heffernan found the back of the net for the Lakers to make it a one-goal game again. Fast forward just five seconds later and Bourne scored again to protect their lead. After this, Cam Duff scored again for the Lakers on their first rush post-faceoff, helping the team’s hopes stay alive.
Ultimately, the Lakers pulled Alden Maguire out of net with less than two minutes remaining while trying to tie up the game, but they were unable to muster anything and Bourne put the game away with an empty-netter.
The Lakers season might be over, but this performance marked the second year in a row in which they won a playoff game despite being marked the lower seed.