With the score tied at 4-4 starting the third period, Irondequoit's John Papas scored his third goal of the game 12 seconds in. The Eagles followed that up with an unanswered goal from Pete Barlilla with six seconds left, giving the visiting Eagles a hard-fought 6-4 win over the Braves.
In the Class B quarterfinal game between the fourth-seeded Canandaigua Braves and the fifth-seeded Irondequoit Eagles ice hockey teams, played Friday night at the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, the visiting Eagles scored twice within 20 seconds of the beginning of two periods. The first coming on a John Papas breakaway off of a Nick Mongelli pass 16 seconds into the game. Then, with the score tied at 4-4 starting the third period, Papas scored his third goal of the game 12 seconds in, following that up with an assist on teammate Pete Barilla's unanswered goal with six seconds left, giving the visiting Eagles a hard-fought 6-4 win over the Braves.
“To be honest, I was surprised this was a 6-4 game,” said Irondequoit coach Rick Giuffrida shortly after the game. “Our first game was a 1-1 tie and the second a 4-3 win at home. We can score goals and I knew that coming in. But even if I had a crystal ball I don’t think I could have predicted a 6-4 game.”
With Irondequoit up 2-1 after the first period on a Jeff Geraci goal, making it 2-0, and a Liam McGuey unassisted goal for CA making it 2-1, the Braves scored three goals in the second to two for Irondequoit. The first on a hard slap-shot power-play goal from CA’s D.J. Goldstein just 36 seconds in. After a 2-man-up goal from Irondequoit’s Andrew Cordes, CA’s Nick Como scored a power-play goal to tie the game at 3-3. Before the period ended there were goals from CA’s Joe Eddinger and Irondequoit’s Papas’, with six seconds left.
Essentially 18 seconds later Papas scored his third goal, breaking up the 4-4 deadlock, followed by the games last goal coming on a power-play from Pete Barilla. CA’s Doyle Kinnear faced 24 shots in the game, while Irondequoit’s Chris Soufieris faced 24.
“Every year we dedicate our season to the seniors. This year, Johnny Papas, Pete Barilla, Andrew Cordes and Nick Mongelli. We talked about it in the third period. About how we didn’t want to turn in our equipment tomorrow. I think it really kind of hit them; You know what, it’s a tie game and we have to find a way to win this game. So Johnny Papas scored that quick goal and it energized a little bit. But it also energized Canandaigua and when your protecting that lead it’s like the clock never moves.”
“Canandaigua has some kids on that team, like the Goldstein kid and Yehl. I’ve known Jim (CA coach Jim Armstrong) a long time and actually coached with him at Webster. I have the utmost respect for Jim. You look at the way his teams play. They get down and block shots. I mean look at that one player of theirs who got down and blocked a shot with his face mask. That’s how they play. They play a gritty game and we knew that going in. But I’m real proud of how our kids played this game and hung in there.”
Page 2 of 2 - Canandaigua’s Armstrong declined comment after the game.
For his part, Papas was asked what were his keys to the win.
“Our offense was on fire,” he quickly responded. “The chemistry, especially with my line, was just working. I was just getting the right passes and I was taking the right shot. Christian Souferis stood on his head in goal for us. Played a great game. Canandaigua is a tough team. Always comes to battle. But Peter Barilla, Jacey Karpovage and the rest of my teammates played a great game tonight. That’s what we practice for and that’s what it’s all about. So we get back to practice, work on our breakout, make sure it’s successful and work on our forechecking. Work hard so we can get the goals we want.”
Irondequoit, now 13-5-3-1 moves on to face the winner of Saturday’s Brockport-Notre Dame of Batavia game on Wednesday while Canandaigua ends their season at 11-5-3-1.