Pat Steinhauser scored four goals and added a pair of assists as Benilde-St. Margaret's overcame a 5-2 deficit for an 8-6 win over the Holy Angels Stars at the Richfield Ice Arena.
The Red Knights had been snake bitten in recent years as they had not recorded a victory against Holy Angels since 1998 which dates back to famed Red Knight Troy Riddle's sophomore year.
It wasn't an easy victory for the Red Knights who dug a hole by allowing 5 Stars goals on 13 shots that included a pair of shorthanded goals through the first two periods. After trailing 3-2 at the close of the first period, the Red Knights quickly found themselves down 5-2 just 3:46 in to the second period.
The Stars worked the talented trio of Cullen Hurley, Connor Hurley and Joseph LaBate to deliver an efficient offensive burst at the Red Knights. The three players combined for 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) on the evening.
After the Stars were whistled for a penalty at 4:57 of the second period, head coach Ken Pauly called a timeout, rested his top power play unit and pulled starting goalie Justin Quale in favor of Anders Jecha.
Jake Horton responded with a power play goal at 6:24 of the second period for the BSM and it ignited a rally of four straight Red Knight goals as they ended the second period with the 6-5 lead. The Red Knights outshot the Stars 21-4 in the second frame as goaltender Brett Pierce was under siege yet fighting off the Red Knights with the rest of his club.
Mario Bianchi pushed back for the Stars with a goal at 4:47 of the third period from LaBate to tie the game at 6. However, the Red Knights responded in the like with a goal from Mike Blessing who brought an extra level of energy all night for the Red Knights.
Steinhauser added the insurance policy at 10:39 of the third period as he picked up his 4th goal of the game.
The win marked the 300th in Red Knight coach Ken Pauly's career at Benilde-St. Margaret's and his 344th overall as a high school hockey coach. He is 300-144-16 at Benilde-St. Margaret's and in 21 total seasons. His career record stands at 344-175-23.
The win improved the Red Knights overall record to (15-2-0, 6-0-0) and dropped the Stars record to (12-6-0, 8-0) on the season. The Stars travel to Farmington for a Missota Conference game with Tyler Grubb and the Tigers while the Red Knights are back at it in the North Suburban Conference with a game against Chisago Lakes.