Ice Hockey: Regis Jesuit evens record at 1-1 in Omaha with come-from-behind victory

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OMAHA, Neb. | The Regis Jesuit ice hockey picked up a key win at the USA National Ice Hockey Championship tournament Thursday, digging out of a three-goal hole for a 5-3 victory over Orange Lutheran, Calif.

The Raiders — who lost their first game in a shootout on Wednesday — found themselves down 3-0 just five minutes into their Pool B game, but overcame a slew of penalties and scored three goals in the decisive third period.

Regis Jesuit
REGIS JESUIT

Grant Johnson scored the go-ahead goal and Jack O’Neil tacked on an extra one in the third period for Regis Jesuit, which also got goals from Andre Dugas, John Kane and Roman West to win at Community Rink. Jack Jordan and Jack Kilkenny each were credited with two assists and O’Neil one.

Coach Dan Woodley’s Raiders were outstanding defensively — especially on the penalty kill — as they killed off a whopping 14 power play chances for Orange Lutheran. Regis Jesuit players spent 50 minutes in the penalty box in all.

Goaltender Sam Gartner stood on his head in the nets for Regis Jesuit, stopping a penalty shot and turning aside 24 of the 27 shots he faced.

Regis Jesuit — which won the tournament in 2012 and finished second last season — concludes pool play with a contest against Providence Catholic (Ill.) at 4 p.m. MT.

Cherry Creek — which features a number of players from Aurora schools — played J. Serra (Calif.) on Thursday afternoon in Pool A play, looking to get back on track after a 9-2 loss Wednesday.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel.

2014 USA NATIONAL ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS

REGIS JESUIT 5, ORANGE LUTHERAN (CALIF.) 3

Score by periods:

Regis Jesuit    1   1   3  — 5

Orange Luth.  3   0   0 — 3

Regis Jesuit goals: Andre Dugas, Grant Johnson, John Kane, Jack O’Neil, Roman West; Regis Jesuit assists: Jack Jordan 2, Jack Kilkenny 2, O’Neil; Regis Jesuit saves: Sam Gartner (27 shots against-24 saves)