A strong 3rd period Friday night led the visiting Padua Bruins past the Findlay Trojans 6-3 inside the Cube in Findlay for the 12th time in 19 meetings over the past dozen years.
Despite losing earlier in the day 12-2 to Toledo St. Francis, the Bruins came into their second matchup of the day with the Trojans as fresh as could be.
Findlay got the scoring going in the 1st period when Brandon Armstrong’s shot found its way behind the body of Padua goaltender Lynsey Wallace to put his team on top 1-0 with 5:25 left in the opening 15 minutes. Armstrong was assisted on the goal by the Senior duo of Connor Curlis and Kirby Simeon.
Padua evened things up on the scoreboard with 56.8 remaining before intermission as Gavin Davison’s shot found its way past Logan Bern. Curtis Buher and Nick Moreal assisted on the Davison score.
Moments before the Padua goal Findlay’s Garrett Anderson was sent to the penalty box for 5 minutes that spanned the opening part of the 2nd period as he was given a major penalty for boarding that left his team short handed for the full amount of time.
At the 8:55 mark of the second period Padua’s Alec Demsey scored the first of his two goals in 1:22 on assists from Jimmy Szpak and Michael Wtulich. Demsey’s second goal was also assisted by Szpak, along with Alex Kisel that put the visitors on top for good at 3-1.
With 13:28 to go in the contest Padua would stretch their lead to 4-1 on a Michael Wtulich goal assisted by Nate Cuculic and Michael Onorato. Onorato would later add the last goal of the game at the 2:03 mark of the last period, just :32 after Jimmy Szpak punched in goal #5 for Padua on the night.
“That was THE worst game we’ve played all season”, Findlay coach Joe Longo said of the loss after the game.
Cameron and Brandon Armstrong would each add goals for Findlay who drop to 7-8-1 on the season, and will play 3 more times this weekend in the Northwest Ohio Hockey Holly-Daze Tournament as they take on Moeller (12pm Saturday at the Cube), Bowling Green (8pm Saturday in Bowling Green), and Toledo St. Francis (4pm Sunday at the Cube).
By virtue of the win tonight, Padua avenges a loss 5 days earlier to the Trojans (6-1 in Strongsville, Ohio) and picks up their 3rd victory of the season (against 9 losses and a tie). The Bruins will play against Bowling Green at 11am Saturday morning in Bowling Green and then come back to Findlay for a noon puck drop Sunday afternoon against Moeller before heading back home to Parma.