“We called a pressure call on man down and we decided the kid didn’t really know what to do once I came out and I just got a good tip on the ball and luckily I was able to pick it up and run it down,” Ruppel said.
Hannah, Brian Holmes and Luke Pulmisan spent the entire two minutes playing keep away and the Comets killed the penalty without yielding a shot.
Catonsville extended the lead to 6-2 in the fourth quarter on an unassisted goal by Liam Stewart and on a goal by Holmes off of Hannah’s assist with 7:54 left in the game.
But, 54 seconds later, the Comets went two players down and shortly after they killed the penalties, Towson’s Noah St. John scored making it 6-3.
Jordan Hummel assisted Gordon Palmer with and the Generals only trailed 6-4 with 4:14 remaining.
But Stewart won the next critical faceoff and the Comets ate some clock before Beck saved a high shot by Hummel with 3:06 remaining.
“Liam Stewart does a great job in the faceoff and Connor Hurd backed him up great today,” Stubbs said.
With 1:11 left, Stewart scored the Comets’ final goal of the night and Towson didn’t score its fifth goal until 33 seconds left when James Psoras assisted Palmer.
It was only the fourth win of the season for the Comets who have played an extremely difficult schedule.
Coach Stubbs was asked if it was the biggest win of the season?
“Absolutely, 100 percent,” he said. “It’s not to often you see me smiling after a game.”
Among the teams the Comets lost to were Good Counsel, McDonogh, Bel Air, Patterson Mill, Hereford, Franklin and Dulaney.
Playing those tough teams prepared the veteran Ruppel and he gave his teammates some inspiration before the game.
“I said to the guys before the game, ‘we went out to McDonough, we went out to Good Counsel and we played Hereford. Those games are the games that set you up for these games’,” he said.
Being honored, along with seniors Alex Kellerman, Karl Stuthman, Kedrick Cannady, Jeremy Walters, Ellsworth, Noppenberger, Beck and Hannah, was also motivation for Ruppel.
“Me and Dillon have been watching senior day all four years,” Ruppel said. “There is definitely added
emotion, especially when you are playing for guys older then you, but when you are playing for yourself, it’s definitely like, man, this is the last time you might see the lights go on so I think it definitely added a good deal of emotion.”