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Late Goals Key in Paul VI Victory

Friday, October 15, 2004

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Ryan Morris, Dustin Isbert and Brett Balco scored goals late in the third period to break open a close game as Paul VI captured its first win of the season, defeating St. John Neumann 5-1 at Hollydell on Friday night. Neumann goalie Andrew McKissick was the only reason Neumann was still in the game as his team could only generate two shots through the first two periods, while he faced twenty four. Eric Pollag scored the only goal of the first period, his first as an Eagle, as his shot from the blue line found the short side.

After struggling on the power play in their opener, Paul VI finally capitalized, as they had a two-man advantage for almost two minutes, and Brett Doyle, ripped a shot that found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. McKissick stopped several breakaways, including one by Doyle and one by Dustin Isbert. After Uhl scored for Neumann early in the third period to cut the lead to 2-1, Neumann was suddenly back in the game. But in a night of firsts, Ryan Morris scored his first goal as an Eagle to give them some breathing room at 3-1. Isbert and Balco scored in the games last two minutes to make the final score 5-1, in a game that was a lot closer than the final score.

Notes: Paul VI had to skate without Rich Ferro, Zack Booth and Chris Sutherland, suspended for actions from last years playoff game, however the Neumann players that committed the major infractions have all graduated, thus no suspensions. Maybe a fair solution is the players sit one game and not the customary two games. Whatever is decided, the league needs to address the rule so seniors playing in their last game are aware that their actions will penalize the team in the future.

Photos by Art Redd

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