WOODBURY, Minn. -- Benilde-St. Margaret's scored less than two minutes into the game and held a 3-0 midway through the second period, but Woodbury responded with four unanswered goals to claim a 4-3 victory.
The Red Knights came into the game without the services of four of its top forwards, all on the shelf due to injury or illness, but it mattered little as Max Jablonski scored his first varsity goal just one minute, 38 seconds into the game.
Despite being outshot, 12-8, in the opening 17 minutes, Alex Brigino stopped everything the Royals threw at him while making his first varsity start.
Charlie Warnert also scored his first varsity goal, 2:31 into the second period, when he slipped through the Woodbury defense to take a pass from Matthew Kocourek in the left circle before beating Woodbury goalie John Conlee on the short side.
Dylan Hoen would make it a 3-0 lead with just over 10 minutes to play in the middle stanza when he picked up a Bronson McLeod rebound, stickhandled around Conlee and deposited his first varsity goal.
The Royals, however, closed out the period with three goals of their own as Jim Heron began the comeback with 7:04 to play in the period.
Ronnie Sweeny then made it a 3-2 game just nine seconds later when BSM he intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and beat Brigino with a breakaway goal.
Three minutes later, Woodbury tied the scored when an attempted clearing pass into the corner resulted in Brigino getting beat by one of his own teammates, a goal which was credited to Ben Wahlin, and the teams entered the final period tied at 3-3.
Just 28 seconds into the final period, Alec Wonsmos put the Royals on top and, from there, Woodbury clamped down on its guest, allowing just one shot on goal over the final 17 minutes.
Woodbury held a 37-25 advantage in shots on goal with Brigino made 33 saves in his debut.
BSM is idle until facing No. 4 Elk River in the Holiday Hockey Classic, at 12:30 p.m., Dec. 28, at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center.
Charlie Warnert's first goal as a Red Knight gave BSM a 2-0 lead in the second period.
Tag(s): Benilde-St. Margaret's