Mettler Leads Cavs to Win in OT
Captain James Mettler did all the scoring in Harvey’s 6-5 victory Wednesday in overtime against league rival St. Luke’s. After a two week absence, the Cavaliers returned to the ice in Norwalk, Connecticut, and picked up an important FAA victory as Mettler scored the game-winner with just 31 seconds remaining in the overtime period.
Harvey started fast, dominating the first period, outshooting the Storm 14-6. Mettler’s first goal came on a breakaway just 2:30 into the period after Brian Cicero and Luke Potter found him open in the neutral zone. St. Luke’s would tie the game less than two minutes later, but the rest of the period was all Cavaliers, as their forecheck was excellent and kept St. Luke’s in their own zone.
“We really had our feet moving in the first period, and could have scored more than three,” said Harvey coach Alex Morse. Mettler collected a loose puck behind the net and scored on the wraparound with 5:31 remaining in the period. Then Aidan Cammisa won a battle behind the net and found Mettler in the slot to extend the lead to 3-1 with just eight seconds remaining.
In the second, Harvey added another goal on the power play midway through the period. Mettler took a feed from Cammisa and Cicero and blasted a shot that was deflected by a Storm defenseman past the goaltender for his fourth goal. At this point, Harvey forwards began to lose some of their jump and St. Luke’s began to control the ice. “Our forecheck and back check were a little late and they hemmed us in our own zone,” coach Morse said. The Storm added two late period goals and fired 18 shots in the period to only 13 for Harvey.
Harvey gained a little breathing room just over a minute in the final period as Mettler added his fifth goal of the game. But St. Luke’s kept coming as they cut the lead once again four minutes later. The Storm again fired 18 shots in the period and had the Cavs on their heels. With just over two minutes remaining, the Storm tied the game at 5-5.
Junior goaltender Grant Doherty had to be excellent in the second and third periods of the game. He held the Cavs in the game when their legs were tired. Doherty finished with 37 saves in the game.
In overtime, Harvey found energy and carried the play, outshooting the hosts 5-0. Mettler’s game-winning goal came after Cicero fired a pinpoint pass from his own zone to the opposite blue line. Mettler received the pass but lost control for a split second, and the Storm goaltender attempted to go out and play the loose puck. Mettler recovered, and with a Storm defenseman hot on his heels, he won the race and deposited his sixth and final goal of the game into an empty net.
Despite injuries and playing with low numbers, the Cavs now have a five-game win streak and have found different ways to win hockey games this year.
Harvey now stands at 8-3-1 overall and 4-1 in the FAA. The Cavs host King School Friday at 3:45 p.m. in another FAA tilt.