On Saturday night, February 3rd, the Oxford Avondale United Hockey team traveled to Lansing to take on DeWitt / St. John in a night match up. OA was hoping for a little revenge of the 5-0 loss to DSJ back on December 2nd. The 1st period was tightly played with Junior Goalie Aaron Angelo keeping DSJ at bay, saving all 8 shots he faced. OA was matching up well with DSJ and were making sure that they were finishing their checks to keep the score 0-0 as the period ended.
The second period saw more back and forth attacks on both goalies. OA was able to put 7 shots on net, but still were not able to score. During the period OA also had to kill 2 penalties of which DSJ was able to break the stalemate at the 11:35 mark while on the Power Play beating Aaron Angelo high into the top of the net. That was the only goal Angelo gave up during the period as he made an additional 11 saves. The 2nd period ended with DSJ up 1-0, which could have been worse if not for Aaron Angelo keeping OA in the game.
DeWitt / St. John came out in the 3rd period attacking OA and putting 13 shots on net, which Goalie Aaron Angelo was able to keep all from going in, and giving OA a chance to try to tie the game. As the game was coming to an end, OA pulled Angelo from the net with a minute left to play so they can put 6 skaters on the attack in the DSJ zone. The move paid off as with only 43 seconds left in the game and OA swarming the net, Freshman Forward Jake Billis was able to deflect a shot from Sophomore Defenseman JJ Poolton passed the DSJ net minder to tie the game at 1-1 and send the contest into Overtime!
The 8 minute period had both teams playing cautiously, each not wanted to give up a scoring chance. Once again, Goalie Aaron Angelo came up big making 4 key saves in the Overtime period. As the time was running out, it looked like the game would end in a tie, but fate was on the side of OA, when with 53 seconds left Senior Defensemen Shane Brown came down between the circles and put a shot top shelf into the DSJ net for the game winner. This was Shane's 2nd Overtime winner of the season and his team leading 8th goal. Junior Forward Ben Pratt and Freshman Jake Billis assisted on the game winning goal.
OA was led by Junior Goalie Aaron Angelo who made 37 saves on 38 shots, and by Freshman Jake Billis who had a goal and an assist.
OA's next game is Wednesday, February 7th at 7pm, when they travel to Allen Park to take on Allen Park Cabrini.