Mental errors plague Huskies against EYCI

Empty netter seals Humberside’s fate

In their final Tier 1 boys hockey game, Humberside Huskies were unable to pull off a win against East York Goliaths.

The Goliaths were looking for revenge against the Huskies Feb. 15 after losing 5-2 earlier in the regular season, and the outcome was much to their favour. They won 3-1.

For Humberside it was their mental mistakes that let the Goliaths have the match, according to coach Dave Johnson.

“I don’t think it was more so what they did, I think it was what we did,” he said.

After Humberside allowed an early goal, Johnson said it threw off their game for the first two periods.

“(East York) scored so we didn’t have the focus right at the start, but after that the team rallied around the goalie and played well,” he said.

Only three minutes into the first, Huskies netminder Joe Del Castillo missed Daniel McKay’s shot via Kyle Tanev and Justin Low.

The Goliaths kept up the pressure on the attack. However, Del Castillo’s goaltending kept the game close, helping to kill off an interference penalty by Geoff Ward.

In the second period, the Goliaths continued the pressure inside the Huskies blueline. The result was East York’s Adam Dumschat assisting on Tanev’s goal with only 20 seconds left in the period.

The Huskies began the third period a man short and down by two, but that didn’t last long. Humberside’s Charlie Verstraete converted on a beautiful, short-handed breakaway to bring his team back within one.

“First thing I was thinking coming in was ‘shoot it,’” he said. “I saw the low blocker side open, I just snapped it and prayed it would go in and it did and then we were back in the game.”

Verstraete, who was active around the net all game, had another breakaway but fell to the ice after getting tangled up with an East York player. Humberside’s bench argued for a penalty shot.

Still, with no shot awarded and unable to tie the score at two apiece, the Huskies were forced to pull their goalie in the final minute. The Goliaths’ Nathan Campbell scored an empty netter to put the game out of reach.

East York coach Rob Greco said he was happy with the outcome and the way his team played against a talented opponent.

“We actually played really well because they kept it simple,” Greco said. “We don’t have a team that will score a lot of goals, we have to keep it simple and they did.

“We beat a pretty good team there.”

Humberside’s coach was not so happy with the end result, but was nonetheless impressed with the way his team fought back. He hopes his team can learn from this game and improve for the playoffs.

“They went hard,” said coach Johnson of his players. “I was pleased by their performance but again, we’re hoping for a little bit more focus for three periods in the post-season.”


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By: Tristan Carter
Posted: Mar 2 2011 10:59 am
Filed in: Sports
Edition: Toronto
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