The TABC Storm JV hockey team welcomed the undefeated DRS Wildcats into town on Sunday for a pivotal weekend clash. The Wildcats were out to seek revenge after being knocked out by the Storm last year in the semifinals, while the Storm was looking to make a statement after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period and settling for a tie in their previous game. From the outset, the game looked like it would be a low scoring affair, with both teams relying heavily on their goaltending. The game was going to go down to which team made fewer mistakes.
A few self-inflicted wounds by the Wildcats sent them to the penalty box toward the end of the first and second periods. Captain AJ Seplowitz ‘22 made them pay the price on both occasions. On the first powerplay opportunity in the first period, Seplowitz rifled it into the net with 34 seconds remaining. On the second man advantage opportunity, Seplowitz scored again from a similar sequence, this time a sniper into the top shelf with only 14 seconds remaining in the second period. DRS cut the deficit to one late in the third period, but TABC made sure to protect their lead this time, thanks to great defense and hustle by sophomores Zachary Gibber ‘22 and Tzvi Naor ‘22, and held on for the 2-1 win.
The Storm will now wrap up the regular season after winter break against local rival the Frisch Cougars, which will most likely determine who gets the top seed heading into the playoffs. Varsity hockey took on DRS as well following the JV slot. They came from behind late in the game and ultimately settled for a 2-2 tie.
By TABC Sports