In the second game of the evening to open the 2018 portion of the Sault Ste Marie High School Hockey League season, the first place St. Mary’s Knights took on the second place Superior Heights Steelhawks at the Essar Centre on January 7th in regular season action.
Noah Belec finds Noah Brule at 9:15 of the first to give the Knights a 1 – 0 lead with a goal behind Steelhawk goaltender Zack Tarantini. With 59 seconds left in the opening period, Jacob Bumbaco sends St. Mary’s into the first intermission up 2 – 0 with Cole Ambeault adding the helper on Bumbaco’s goal. Knights goaltender Travis Johnson and Brule set up the third on Josh Gavey’s goal for St. Mary’s at 14:01 mark of the second to bring the lead to 3 – o. With the Knights on a power play, Cole Delarosbil adds the lead at 12:16 of the period with Nate Medaglia and Bumbaco registering the assists on Delarosbil’s power play marker. Noah Belec scores St. Mary’s fifth of the game at 2:48 of the middle stanza with Brule and Cole Ryckman adding the helpers on Belec’s second point of the contest.
Ethan Johnson puts Superior Heights on the scoreboard at 2:11 of the second with the Steelhawks first. Nick Keenan and Michael Guiliani had the contributors on Johnson’s goal. Guliani sank the Steelhawks only other goal of the game with 50 seconds remaining the period to bring the score to 5 – 2. Jacob Tulloch and Johnson drew the helpers on Guliani’s goal. Knights defenseman Justin Morrissette sunk an unassisted goal at 13:13 of the final period for St. Mary’s sixth of the contest. Sault Ste Marie High School Hockey League leading scorer Josh Mannarino added to his scoring total with the Knights seventh of the game at 4:52 with Carter Magee Marenger and Tyler Sayers setting up Mannarino’s goal. Mannarino fires a pass to Sayers for the final goal of the game with 13 seconds left to give the Knights a 8 – 2 win.
Superior Heights will head to Thessalon on January 12th to meer the CASS Huskies in an 8:00 p.m puck drop while the Knights take on the Colts on January 14th at the Essar Centre in an 8:00 p.m start.