Powers Eliminated in Loss to Dow 2-0
By: DJ Shubeck: Powers Hockey Writer
Game Recap- Powers vs. Midland Dow 3-4-2020
The Powers Catholic Chargers Varsity hockey team was home Wednesday night for the regional final playoff game against Midland Dow. Midland Dow prevailed in a tightly played contest 2-0, thus ending the 2019-2020 season for Powers.
It appeared Dow would have an easy time as they stormed into the Chargers zone 25 seconds in and took a 1-0 lead after a goal mouth scramble. Dow forward, Billy Vansumeren, was credited with the goal that stunned Powers and the near capacity crowd. But it wasn’t going to be that easy for Dow, as Powers regrouped and played strong defense in front of Brennan Churchill the rest of the period. Each team traded scoring opportunities and Powers picked up the offensive zone fore-check and rang a puck of the glove side post of Midland goalie, Collin Lemanski, mid-way through the period. Powers had Dow pinned in their zone the last 50 seconds of the period with constant pressure, but Dow held Powers off the scoreboard. Shots on goal favored Midland 9-7 in the first frame.
The second period was a carbon copy of the first, as each team traded quality scoring chances and each goalie stood tall defending the pipes. Dow was awarded the only power play of the game with just under 3 minutes left in the second period. The Powers penalty killers, who have been stellar all season, were equal to the task and easily killed off the crucial penalty. Again, Dow held a slight edge in shots, 7-5.
Powers took the game to Dow for a majority of the 3rd period and carried the play. Several quality chances by the Chargers were turned away by Lemanski, including a goal mouth scramble that could have tied it, with just under 3 minutes left! Tim Washburn’s shot deflected off the tip of Lemanski’s extended glove and went wide. Powers pulled Churchill with just over a minute left but could not get the puck to settle down in the Dow end. Dow added an empty net goal with 9 seconds left to end the game 2-0. Powers outshot Dow in the 3rd period 12-6.
Coach Perry commented that, “We played one our best games tonight, our guys should be proud, we hung with them all night, just couldn’t get that break to tie it.”