Lumen Christi's hockey has been increased over the third period after being moved to Jackson United
Kavin Kennedy, from Lumen Christi, scored with 14:35 left in the third period to break the tie, and the Titans ended the day with a late flurry of Jackson United shots as a result of the 3-2 victory on Friday at Optimist Ice Rink.
Kennedy walked to his right when he and his teammate Nash Hanchett brought the puck into the Jackson United zone. Kennedy sent the puck past Easton Craig, who scored the match in a contest.
I remember every moment that I saw the blue line, I was open in the slot, and I saw it open, and I just shot it there, Kennedy said.
Josh Dumont and Conor Smith have all been with us.
After Lumen Christi (9-3) took the lead, the Titans must endure a flurry of Jackson United chances.
United had an interference call with 11:01 left, but Easton Neitzke had a shot soon afterwards, and moments later Titans goalie Matt Hoop made a save to deny Brendan ODowd, and just before the Titans returned to full strength made another to deny Carson Lacinski.
We had some good chances, it's just the bounces didn't go in, Jackson United coach Matt Grimes said. We started a bit slow this year, and that probably hurt us in the end.
Jackson United lost a game 1-0 down to Neitzke after a narrow open look from the spot with 23 seconds left. Hoop turned away a scramble in front of the net with 9.6 seconds remaining.
Hoop said he thought I had it with me, but with everyone on the go I had no idea where it was, as it just disappeared and somehow had it in my pads.
Lumen Christi finished the game as he progressed 2-0 before Jackson United rallied to tie the game.
Lumen Christi went on a power play with 8:00 to go in the first when a shot from Smith was deflected in front, and Neitzke was doing a cross check. The Titans cashed in on the man advantage just six seconds later as Josh Baker deflected a shot from Craig's point. Daniel Brady and Caden Kelly were both among the players.
Weve been doing fantastic things lately, Lumen Christi coach Dan Brady said. Weve been focusing on getting shots off on our power play, and we got a shot off and it went in. Not really rocket science, but weve just got to shoot the puck more. Weve been getting good looks on our power play, kids playing strong with the puck, and creating opportunities.
Lumen Christi made it 2-0 with 5:14 left in the first, but Baker denied a Jackson United opportunity which started a rush. After Craig denied the initial shot, Dumont tapped in the rebound.
In the first, Jackson United held a lead over Kully Miotke, who was on the verge of attempting to pull over Hoop from the faceoff circle to Hoop's left.
Grimes said he felt comfortable getting into the room and that he wanted to get to a goal. That really boosted us throughout the second period.
Jackson United had one of the most offensive chances in the first period, with O'Dowd posting a shot from the point wide, and with only two minutes left in the period, O'Dowd blasted a shot off Hoop's chest, which for a moment, was lost track. But no Jackson United player was in the vicinity to tap it in.
Lumen Christi had the most of his initial period under control, but Hoop had to make only four saves in the opening 17 minutes.
Hoop said he knew that a lot of their goals came from the top and the blue line. I was attempting to tell the guys the first and second periods to cover the guy in front of the net and move them out of the way. Thats what we felt helped them pull it out in the third; they moved guys in front of the net so I could see.
Jackson United held a pair of chances in the second, but were never lost both times. Aiden Chappell fired a wrister which Hoop snared with his glove. Moments later Chappell had another opportunity while standing on the doorstep, but Hoop denied him again.
Miotke had a shot from Cougar Fagan to secure a points of the second.
Lumen Christi had a chance to maintain the lead with 52.5 seconds left in the second, as Kennedy shot a back-hander from between the groups, but Craig threw the opportunity away.