By Nico Meola
Student reporter for ChesCo Hockey Haven
NEWARK, Del. — After a tough loss on Friday night, the Kennett Blue Demons took the ice against the A.I. duPont Tigers in a game full of excitement and action. After a slow start to the game, Kennett was able to pick up their intensity and fight for a tie against the speedy Tigers.
In the first period, duPont jumped to an early lead off a blast from Eric Delano. Shortly after that, Jack Dreisbach was able to level the scoring after a great play in the neutral zone from forward Thomas Wessells. Delano gave the Tigers a goal advantage about two minutes later, followed by another Tiger goal, which gave them a two-goal lead heading into the break.
As the second period begun, Kennett was able to generate more opportunities and sustained pressure in the A.I. duPont end, out-shooting the Tigers 16-10. Delano and Josh Piha both netted two goals in the period for duPont.
Kennett freshmen Scott Dreisbach was able to score his first goal for the Kennett, which seemed to motivate the Blue Demons, giving them some momentum heading into the third.
The final period was dominated by Kennett, out-scoring A.I. duPont 4-0.
Sophomores Ryan Johnson and Ryan Ganly ignited the comeback effort, keeping the duPont defensemen on their heels for the duration of the period.
The Blue Demons were able to cut the deficit to two, and that’s when they knew they were within striking distance of a comeback.
Mike Zirolli and Drew Moskey found the back of the net within 30 seconds of each other, bringing the game to a 7-7 tie.
Caleb Septer had a great game for the Tigers, creating opportunities out of nothing and doing his best to get a positive result.
Steven Doroba and Patrick O’Dowd also handed in solid performances for the Blue Demons. O’Dowd’s decision making in the neutral zone going forward made a significant difference on the ice.
When asked about the game, Jack Dreisbach was very positive and pleased.
“We started off slow and we were able to pick things up as the game went on,” he said. “We were able to turn the game around in the third period, which proved to be the difference.”
Kennett head coach Kevin O’Dowd was very enthusiastic and excited after the game.
“We were flat for a while in the beginning, but we looked at each other and said we didn’t want to lose again,” he said.” We were able to turn things on later in the game, and shifted into another gear.”
Kennett faced a large deficit but stayed mentally composed throughout the game.
“These guys never gave up, and they kept fighting,” O’Dowd said.
Being able to overcome obstacles of significant deficits reveals a lot about the character of a team, Kennett surely showed a lot of it tonight.