The Dexter boys’ hockey team is no stranger to dramatic wins.
For the second time this season, Dexter earned a comeback victory, 4-3 overtime decision over St. Mark’s.
In a Dec.16 tilt against Pomfret School at Lawrence Holiday Tournament, Dexter (6-5-1) came back from a 4-0 deficit to win in a shootout.
“The boys have demonstrated they are never out of a game, they have battled back and competed until the end,” said assistant coach Dave Erickson.
St. Mark’s took the early lead, scoring three goals in the first nine minutes.
“St. Mark’s battled hard around the net and knocked in loose pucks,” said Erickson “It really wasn’t the fault of our goaltender, they just battled hard.”
Even so, finding themselves in a 3-0 hole led Dexter to pull their starting goaltender in favor of sophomore Pat Fraser. Erickson said the move was made to change momentum and give his team a spark.
The change worked as Fraser made 20 saves as Dexter chipped away at the deficit.
Dexter scored a goal in each of the three periods, tying the game with 2:09 remaining. Junior Trevor Fidler (goal, two assists) knocked in the tying score, assisted by junior captain Charlie Donners.
St. Mark’s took a penalty late in the third period, leaving Dexter with a power play to start overtime. Dexter wasn’t able to score on the man-advantage, but pushed the puck to the back of the net just seconds after the penalty had expired.
Freshman Ryan Donato had the winner 1:17 into overtime. Fidler picked up his second assist on the goal. He battled for the puck along the boards and slipped it to the slot where Donato’s one-timer beat the goaltender glove-side.
“It was a real good, hard-fought battle. St. Mark’s is a very talented team,” Erickson said. “But we are very proud of our kids. When you go down three goals, it’s easy to fold but the boys didn’t quit.
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