High-scoring affair leads to 10 goals in opening two periods
By Jacob Heid
STEVENS POINT – Hockey is just better when goals continue to pour in.
The Pacelli boys’ hockey co-op took to their home ice of Ice Hawks Arena on Jan. 31 against the Shawano co-op.
Five goals were scored in each of the first two periods, ending in an 8-5 victory for the Cardinals.
Pacelli opened the early stages of the first period with a player in the penalty box.
The Cardinals still grabbed a 1-0 lead with Sawyer Olds capitalizing on a short-handed rush.
Shawano got the equalizer at 9:54, but the home team beat goalkeeper Dylan Prochaska on the powerplay to take the lead right back.
Shawano scored two late-period goals to take a 3-2 lead into the intermission.
The Cardinals took complete control of the second period, scoring five unanswered goals in 17 minutes. They outshot Shawano 21-9 in the period.
Cade Wojtalewicz and Ben Westrick pushed the score to 4-3 within the first half of the period.
Senior Mason Zielinkski then netted two of the next three for Pacelli.
He finished with a five-point game, tallying three assists in the win.
At 11:02, he got his 23rd of the year, making it a 5-3 game with 5:58 remaining in the period.
Fellow senior Logan Mendyke picked up his second assist of the night on the play.
Zielinski scored again four minutes later on a penalty that included a game ejection from Shawano.
Olds capitalized on a man advantage before that for his second of the game for the other score.
Pacelli took a commanding 7-3 advantage into the final period.
Coach Cory Blake pulled starting goaltender Carter Herheim, replacing him with sophomore Isaac Andrich with the lead.
Herheim finished his night of work facing 19 shots, denying 16 of them.
Cardinals captain Eli Robinson rounded out Pacelli’s scoring early in the third.
He made it an 8-3 game at 1:31 of the period.
Andrich let two pucks past him in his only period between the pipes, but Pacelli held on to win by three.