By John Anderson
On Saturday night, the Rockets hit the ice with a 2-6 record, and they really needed another win. Leominster had also struggled this season and was sitting at 2-5-2. This seemed like a good match up, in fact, until the first puck was dropped.
Three minutes in, Colin McKeon scored on a power play assisted by Paul O’Leary and Adam Clark, and it was game on for the Rockets. McKeon and O’Leary assisted Clark when he scored three minutes later. Drew Darger scored in less that two minutes on another power play and assisted by Sean Burke. 46 seconds later, Clark would net the final Auburn goal of the period with O’Leary and Ryan Lempicki assisting.
The Blue Devils came back with goals in the tenth and eleventh minutes to end the first period with Auburn up 4-2.
At 11:21 of the second, O’Leary shot the puck home with Clark and Kory Fortier assisting. Again, Leominster answered with a goal a few minutes later, but it was a 5-3 game at the end of the second.
Paul O’Leary took control in the third period with two early goals with the first assisted by Cameron Prosser and Ryan Farrell. His second score was on a power play and McKeon and Clark both assisted. Despite some intense activity in front of the Auburn net, the Blue Devils were unable to score.
Freshman goalie Cam Carpenter saved 29 shots during the game and deserves acknowledgement for a great job.
This game was a thrill to watch with an excellent effort by all the Rockets. Hopefully, this type of performance will become the trend and not the exception.