By John Anderson
When Steve Cariglio scored 48 seconds into Wednesday’s game with Marian, the crowd roared. It had been a long season for boys hockey, and the moment of positivity was incredible. Josh Crombie and Adam Clark had the assists.
Fortunately, the evening continued in the Rockets’ favor and they clinched their first win of the year. Head Coach Glen Bombard summed things up, “It’s been a grind.”
At 11:30, there was a role reversal as Josh Crombie scored and Steve Cariglio got the assist. In the second period, Crombie would score Auburn’s third with an Adam Clark assist.
The Mustangs galloped onto the rink in the third period and put up a respectable effort. They scored at 1:52, but the Rockets answered 20 seconds later when Crombie got the hat trick with a Cariglio assist.
Marian scored again with a minute and a half left, and things got interesting. The Mustangs pulled their goalie, and their onslaught began. Evan Lockwood and his defenders protected Auburn’s net in a remarkable effort.
With 20 seconds left, a defensive Auburn shot put the puck on target for Marian’s empty net, and a Mustang raced to deflect the puck before crashing and dislodging the net. The faceoff in Marian’s end slowed everything down, and it was done.
Evan Lockwood logged 22 saves for Auburn while Alex Piscelli got 23. The Auburn offense came alive during this game with good passing, good puck control and great drive. The Rocket defense was equally strong and showed improvement.
Coach Bombard added, “I’m more happy for these kids. They work so hard, come to practice every day, and have gotten better.” The final home game and senior night will be on Wednesday, the 19th, at 7:30pm.