ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- Despite dominating virtually every phase of the game, Benilde-St. Margaret's found itself trailing for half of the first 30 minutes of their game with Hopkins.
It wasn't until three minutes, 33 seconds remained to play in the second period before the Red Knights got on the scoreboard, but it took just 34 seconds into the final period for them to take a 2-1 lead before they clamped down on the Royals to snap a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win.
BSM out-shot the Royals, 14-6, in the opening period but it was Hopkins which got on top first as Henry Sweeney finished off a three-way passing play with 1:13 to play in the opening period.
The visitors held that lead for nearly 15 minutes before the Red Knights tied the score late in the second period.
Max Jablonski won a faceoff in the right circle, which Stefan Garcia tipped to Michael McNeil after coming off the right-wing boards. McNeil turned and fired from 15 feet out and beat Hopkins goalie Bobby Wilson to tie the score.
After finishing the second period tied 1-1, it didn't take the Red Knights long to take the lead.
Jordan Roo and Dylan Hoen worked to force a turnover along the right side of the Hopkins zone. The puck came to the middle, where Hoen left it for for Nate Schweitzer at the top of the slot.
The BSM freshman then snapped off a quick wrist shot which beat Wilson low for Schweitzer's first career goal.
"It was fun to see Michael and Nate get their first varsity goals," Red Knight head coach Ken Pauly said. "Both played well and they deserved those goals. McNeil, in particular, had his best game of the year."
The game became a defensive battle from that point as the teams combined for just seven shots on goal over the final 16 minutes of the game.
The Red Knights held a 31-15 advantage in shots on goal. Peyton Melin stopped 14 shots to record his first varsity victory.
Michael McNeil scored his first varsity goal, which tied the score at 1-1.
"Peyton worked very hard in the off season," Paul said of his senior goalie. "It was special to see him get his first varsity win as well."
Pauly admitted to seeing both good and bad things in the victory.
"No one in our locker room was happy with our overall play," he said. "However, there were some positive takeaways.
"For us to win a against a section opponent without our two senior captains and another varsity forward shows that the team has some grit. You have to win when it's not pretty sometimes, and it's always a good sign to see a team win a one-goal game."
BSM will wrap up up it's pre-Christmas schedule, Tuesday, when it faces Woodbury at the Bielenberg Sports Center in a 5 p.m. game.
Tag(s): Benilde-St. Margaret's