STAMFORD — There is always time for greatness.
C.J. Woodbury scored his second goal of the game with :01 left in overtime to give the St. Luke’s boys ice hockey team a 4-3 OT victory over King School Wednesday night at Stamford Twin rinks.
“I knew time was winding down. I saw Jack Neafsey was with me. He got the puck to the net,” Woodbury recounted. “We both just kept jamming away at the puck. It was an electric ending.”
ST. LUKE’S RALLIES FOR WIN
The goal capped a dramatic comeback for St. Luke’s. The Storm (5-3) trailed 3-1 after two periods.
It was a game where the specialty teams on both sides shined.
George Foster’s powerplay goal on a floater with 12:57 left in regulation brought St. Luke’s to 3-2.
King killed off back-to-back penalties forcing St. Luke’s to call its timeout with 2:33 left. The Storm elected to play 6 on 5 with an empty net.
King used its timeout with 1:52 to go to give its troops a well-deserved breather.
However, St. Luke’s defenseman Sam Boston unleashed a low bullet shot from the right point to forge a 3-3 deadlock with 1:36 remaining and force a five-minute overtime.
That set the stage for Woodbury’s heroics.
“To rally from 3-1 down for the win is awesome. This team never gives up,” Woodbury said. “We feel we can play with any team in the FAA (Fairchester Athletic Association). It shows we’ve come a long way so far this season.”
Andres Falcon registered 25 saves in net for St. Luke’s including five stops between the 4:00 and 2:33 marks of the third period.
“Andres had a great game,” Woodbury said. “He closed the door when we needed him to so we could rally. It’s a big rivalry every time we face King. And a big win.”
TOUGH LOSS FOR KING
King (5-3) built a 3-1 edge on a first period powerplay goal by Nick Carnavalla along with 4-on-4 and powerplay second period tallies by Jason Marsella.
Marsella was injured in the opening minute of the third period and did not return.
“We had heart. We had a ton of compete. Sometimes that’s how the game goes,” said King coach Guy Savage. “It shows how hard it is to win in the FAA. There’s so much balance in the league. We will be better down the road because of this. In all three of our losses, we’ve had leads.”
King goalie Charlie Feinstein was fabulous in net. He finished with 44 saves including 13 saves during King’s back-to-back penalties late in the third period.
“Charlie has been great for us all season. Especially in the wins over Harvey and Brunswick. This loss isn’t on him,” Savage said. “These type of games build character. I’m looking forward to see how we respond.”
ST. LUKE’S 4, KING 3 (OT)
KING 1 2 0 0—3
ST. LUKE’S 0 1 2 1—4
Records: King 5-3, St.Luke’s 5-3.
Goals: K—Nick Carnavalla, Jason Marsella 2. StL—C.J. Woodbury 2, George Foster, Sam Boston. Goalies: K—Charlie Feinstein (44 saves). StL—Andres Falcon (25 saves).