Stoulil’s goal gives Packers an OT win over FalconsPublished 11:22pm Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Packers kept hammering away until they finally put one away as they beat Faribault for the first time in at least five years in a boys hockey game in Riverside Arena Thursday.
Austin senior Marcus Stoulil wrapped up the 2-1 overtime win when his power play slap-shot from just inside the blue line slid right under the glove of Faribault’s goalie with 6:50 left in OT.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever screamed that loud in my life. That was pretty fun,” Stoulil said of the winning goal. “We had a perfect screen on the goalie and he couldn’t see it. Right before that I was telling Ethan (Larson) that we needed to get something going and finally we I had a lane to shoot and I took it.”
Austin (3-5-1 overall, 1-3 Big Nine) started its game-winning powerplay at the end of regulation when Faribault committed its third five-minute major penalty of the night. The winning goal came with just 25 seconds left on the power play.
The Packers had some early chances to take the lead in the final power play. After Austin came up short, the Falcons (5-7 overall, 1-6 Big Nine) nearly won the game at the end of regulation with a flurry of shots near the end of the third.
“I slid across to stop one with just a few seconds left and I’m not sure how, but it was just there,” Austin goalie Rainer Londino-Green said. “I got pretty lucky.”
Londino-Green stopped 28 shots in the win and Faribault’s lone goal came when Daniel Pierce picked off a pass and got free for a point blank slap-shot to tie the game with a shorthanded goal early in the third period.
Londino-Green took awhile to compose himself, and then he got back in rhythm.
“I was pretty upset at first, but then I realized it’s 1-1 and I had a game to play. I collected myself,” he said.
Stoulil, who assisted Austin’s first goal of the night on a power play slap shot by Ethan Larson in the first period, said the Packers got a big boost from Londino-Green.
“The kid played his heart out,” Stoulil said. “We helped him out as much as we could and we could’ve helped him more. But he played his heart out and that’s all we can ask from him.”
Austin head coach Erik LaRock was pleased with how his team finished the game off as the Packers out-shot the Falcons 3-0 in OT.
The win was the first overtime victory for Austin this season.
“We took a tough one against Mankato East in overtime earlier and we all felt we should’ve won that one,” LaRock said. “This is our fourth overtime of the year and our first win, so that gives us a lot of momentum.”
Austin 1 0 0 1 — 2
Faribault 0 0 1 0 — 1
(A) Ethan Larson (powerplay) (Marcus Stoulil) 15:27
(F) Daniel Pierce (shorthanded) 2:02
(A) Stoulil (powerplay) (Larson) 1:10
Shots: Austin — 26; Faribault — 29
Powerplays: Austin — 2-for-4; Faribault — 0-for-2