By Nelson Coffin, firstname.lastname@example.org
10:59 PM EST, December 19, 2012
Heading into the final period against archrival Loyola Blakefield on Wednesday afternoon, Calvert Hall was holding just a 3-1 advantage.
After the ice was cleared 15 minutes later, however, the Cardinals had romped to a 10-1 victory and recorded their first win of the season over a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference opponent.
The seven-goal avalanche that buried the Dons (2-4-1, 0-2 conference) came in the first 10 minutes of the period, beginning with sophomore forward Ryan Dieter stuffing in a rebound of a shot by classmate Matthew Curtin.
Just over two minutes later, the same duo struck again, only it was Curtin converting Dieter's feed from the slot for a 5-1 lead.
Junior forward Costa Pizanis went top shelf on an assist from sophomore forward Tim Blount to notch the first of three goals that came in just over a minute to blow the game open with 9:35 remaining. Junior forward Kevin Haigley scored an unassisted goal and Dieter added another during that span.
"Our defense probably broke down a little," first-year Loyola coach Mike Lortie said. "We let in a couple of soft goals and then we got frustrated. "They (Calvert Hall) are a quality team with some quality players. We gave them a couple of good periods, and then got down on ourselves."
Haigley, Dieter and senior forward Tim Carson opened the scoring for the Cardinals (4-3-4, 1-1), who then were whistled for having too many players on the ice.
The Dons cashed in on the ensuing power play when Greg Snyder slipped in a rebound to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Although Loyola carried some of that momentum from the goal into the third period, Calvert Hall's offense carried the day.
"We knew we had to do a lot more in the third quarter than we had been doing," said Carson, who joins goalie Ryan Cornelius (21 saves) as the only two seniors on a squad that also features nine juniors, 10 sophomores and a freshman.
Calvert Hall coach Mike Shramek said he was pleased to see his team's late fireworks.
"We were just trying to get the puck to the net," he said. "We needed to generate some opportunities, and we loosened up a little bit."