CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. | The Regis Jesuit ice hockey team had an eight-game winning streak at the USA Hockey National Championships tournament snapped with a 3-1 loss to Medina (Ohio) on Friday morning.
The Raiders went 6-0 at last season’s tournament to bring home a national title and posted victories in their first two pool play contests this season, but Medina scored the only two goals of the final period of what had been a tie game at the Jetblue Panthers Den.
Coach Dan Woodley’s Regis Jesuit team and Medina finished with a 2-1 record in the A2 Pool of the American Bracket. Both teams earned six points in pool play, but the Raiders posted a goal-differential of nine to Medina’s two.
Regis Jesuit is likely to play Brophy Prep out of Arizona at 7:30 a.m. MT Saturday in the quarterfinals. Quarterfinal winners play in the evening semifinals and the championship game is slated for 8 a.m. MT Sunday.
In the pool play finale, Regis Jesuit trailed 1-0 after allowing a power play goal in the first period to Medina, but forged a tie with a power play goal of its own from Conner Wigton just 24 seconds in the second period.
Wigton, who was assisted by Jack Kilkenny and Nolan Carothers, tallied his team-best fourth goal of the tournament.
Medina, which was outshot 37-23 by Regis Jesuit, got the go-ahead goal from Cody Jujuilon with 9:17 remaining and added an empty net goal in the closing seconds.
Regis Jesuit goaltender Sam Harden made 20 saves, while Medina’s Matthew Hatcher stymied the Raiders with 36 big saves.
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MEDINA (OHIO) 3, REGIS JESUIT 1
Score by periods:
Regis Jesuit 0 1 0 — 1
Medina (Ohio) 1 0 2 — 3
First period — Medina: Collin Brotherton (Urs Fischer, Anthony Petrettii) (power play), 9:38
Second period — Regis Jesuit: Conner Wigton (Jack Kilkenny, Nolan Carothers) (power play), 0:24
Third period — Medina: Cody Jujuilon (Fischer), 9:17; Medina: Joseph Ross (Matthew Hatcher) (empty net), 16:32