Boys' Latin overcame six penalties and 29 saves by red-hot St. Paul's goalie Whit Schweizer to beat the Crusaders, 3-1, in an early-season Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference match on Thursday afternoon at Mount Pleasant Ice Arena.
While converting only one of six power plays, St. Paul's (2-3-1, 1-2 conference) was also denied by BL senior netminder Danny Murphy on a penalty shot when Griffin Stulman's offering caught a post instead of the net in the final period.
"Griffin made a good move and Danny made a good play on the play," St. Paul's coach Sam Kaplan said. "Griffin was just unlucky."
The Crusader coach admitted that luck didn't have much to do with the loss to the defending conference champs.
"We just weren't moving our feet," he said. "I don't know if that had something to do with the rivalry, but you have to credit BL. Whatever it was, we hope we're better in our 16th game than we were in our sixth game."
The Lakers (2-0-2, 2-1) stuck first when sophomore forward Chris Walker knocked in a rebound of senior forward Aaron Leeds' shot at 10:30 of the first period.
The Crusaders drew even when Casey Dubois, assisted by Ryan Heacox, solved Murphy on a power play later in the period.
The go-ahead goal happened after a short-handed give-away in the St. Paul's zone was converted into a beautifully executed feed from Michael Walker to fellow senior forward Bryan Lichtenauer midway through the second period.
That duo also accounted for the final goal when Lichtenauer fed Walker for a 3-1 advantage.
Meanwhile, the Crusaders were flummoxed by Murphy and the penalty killers in five of their power plays.
"Once we got the puck in their zone, we were flat-footed instead of moving the puck with a purpose," Kaplan said. "We weren't decisive."
BL coach Jim Sandusky said his penalty killers are "our most experienced guys. They know what they're doing."
He also praised his third line, senior center Maxx Lowenstein, senior forward Karlo Picinini and sophomore center Danny Robinson, a group that typically doesn't garner many accolades.
"They did a really good job of keeping the puck in our zone," Sandusky said.