Gentry Academy celebrates a goal by Zach Reim during a three-goal burst over 1 minute, 6 seconds late in the first period. Reim and Bailey McGraw (13) each scored twice in the Stars' 8-2 defeat of Breck. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
For most of the game, Gentry Academy looked like it had a man advantage. The Stars controlled play. They camped out in the offensive zone and crashed the net. They outshot their opponent 66-7.
By the end of Saturday night, their first game of the season was definitely worth the wait as Gentry Academy defeated Breck 8-2 at TCO Sports Garden in Vadnais Heights.
With a bunch of players making their Stars debut — many having played for the school’s AAA team — Gentry Academy received goal scoring from six different players on the roster. Senior Bailey McGraw scored two goals, his first coming 1 minute, 14 seconds after Breck took a 1-0 lead on the power play five minutes into the game.
It was a bit of a slow start for the Stars, but if there was any rust, it shook off in a jiffy after seeing a deficit on the scoreboard.
“I think that kind of woke us up a little bit,” said Stars coach Joe Cullen. “We know we have a very good team and a very competitive team, and I think that kind of sparked them a little bit to compete a little bit harder. Then they definitely did.”
Gentry Academy senior wing Andrew Mosley scores a first-period goal as the Stars seized control of the game early. Mosley was one of six forwards on the top three lines making their varsity debut. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Five minutes into their third season of varsity hockey, Gentry Academy was down 1-0 after allowing a quick goal on the penalty kill.
The deficit was ancient history pretty quickly as the Stars responded with four goals before the first intermission on the way to a 8-2 victory over Breck Saturday at TCO Sports Garden in Vadnais Heights.
Six different Stars tallied goals for Gentry Academy, which went 3-for-5 on the power play.
Breck senior Beau Courneya made it a two-goal game in the second period, but Stars sophomore Wes Berg came right back with a goal 14 seconds later to put Gentry Academy, ranked No. 3 in the Class 1A preseason coaches’ poll, in front by three again. Senior Bailey McGraw and junior defenseman Zach Reim each scored a pair of goals for the Stars on the night.
The Stars (1-0-0) outshot the Mustangs (1-1-0) 66-7.
Gentry Academy senior Alex Timmons made five saves; Anthony Zolezzi played the final 10 minutes or so of the game. Breck junior Jack Thomson recorded 36 saves before Dylan Halliwill entered the game in the second period and made 22 saves.
Breck senior captain Beau Corneya scored a second-period goal while logging heavy minutes for the Mustangs at forward. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
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