Cade Gleekel reached the 100-point plateau for his career with a three-point outing, Saturday, in a 4-3 win at Grand Rapids.
Cade Gleekel had a five-point weekend to top the 100-point mark for his career and Jerry Calengor capped a four-point weekend with a short-handed, overtime goal to down third-ranked Grand Rapids as Benilde-St. Margaret's swept a two-game road trip by defeating Duluth Marshall, 8-2, Friday, before Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Thunderhawks.
Gleekel and Jacob Holmers each scored twice in Friday's win over the Hilltoppers with Calengor chipping in with three assists to lead the offense.
"Holmers had an exceptional game against Marshall," BSM head coach Ken Pauly said. "As a staff we really like his game this year. He's added a few more tools to what he does out there."
Eight different players recorded multiple-point games for the Red Knights and a 40-20 advantage in shots on goal allowed BSM to cruise to the win.
Saturday, Grand Rapids' Micah Miller scored 10 minutes, nine seconds into the game as the Red Knights fell behind for the first time all season but Auggie Moore's goal with 1:53 to play in the opening stanza evened the score.
The visitors took the lead, 3:39 into the second period, when Luke Horton tipped a short from the left point from Nick Austin on the power play. Gleekel also picked up his first of three assists on the night, giving him his 100th career point.
Just over a minute later, Gleekel forced a turnover in the Red Knight defensive zone which Zach Risteau carried from his own blue line all the way to the Thunderhawk goal to give the visitors a 3-1 lead.
The score remained that way until the closing minutes of regulation when John Stampohar scored on the power play with 3:23 to play to get Grand Rapids within one goal before Mitchell Mattson scored with 49 seconds on the clock with an extra attacker to tie the game.
In overtime, the Thunderhawks got off six shots on goal in just over two minutes but BSM goalie Ryan Bischel kept the hosts from claiming the game winner.
"Bischel was our rock against Grand Rapids," Pauly said. "He was great all game and when the big waves came he stood tall."
After the Red Knights were penalized for having six skaters on the ice, Grand Rapids appeared poised to complete its comeback but Mayer was able to gather a loose puck in his own zone with the hosts putting pressure on BSM.
Mayer's clearing attempt was knocked down by Grand Rapids' Drake Anderson but the puck deflected onto the stick of Gleekel, which began a 2-on-1 rush.
Gleekel carried the puck into the Thunderhawk zone and, from the left circle, passed the puck to Calengor on the right side of the slot and his shot found the back of the net before goalie Joe Burt could get across the net for the save.
"Calengor has shown an offensive punch early on in the season," Pauly said of his team's scoring leader. "That could have a huge upside for this team.
"With the type of team that Grand Rapids has this year, you just knew that that next wave was going to come - especially at that rink. We didn't respond well to that wave when we allowed them to take the initiative.
"But I really liked how the guys responded after giving up the first goal to Grand Rapids by scoring the next three and I was pleased that we didn't pout when Grand Rapids tied the game late and we showed a lot of character in finding a way to win in an adverse environment."
Next up for the Red Knights is another tough road test as they head to Burnsville, Tuesday, for a 7 p.m. game at the Burnsville Ice Center.
Complete game statistics for BSM's game at Marshall can be found here.
Tag(s): Benilde-St. Margaret's