No. 20 Albany uses goalie's record saves to squeak past No. 10 Johns Hopkins
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Freshman goalie Blaze Riorden had the best game of his career, recording 20 saves to lead No. 20 Albany past No. 10 Johns Hopkins 10-9 on Friday at Homewood Field.
“The defense forced Hopkins to take shots that a goalie should save,” Riorden said. “Yes, I had 20 saves, but the defense played great as a unit and they should be credited with some of those saves.”
Miles Thompson extended his point streak to 32 games with five points on three goals and two assists. Not far behind Miles is his cousin Ty Thompson, who continued his point streak to 31 games with two points on two goals.
Miles cracked open the scoring for Albany (7-3) with two quick goals in a span of a minute and a half for the Great Danes' first lead at 2-1 with 7:04 left in the first period. The second goal was a play that started off with Matt Garziano, who found Miles on the left corner of the net.
Johns Hopkins (6-4) responded back with three consecutive goals in a matter of three and a half minutes to grab what was its largest lead of the game at 4-2. The Blue Jays used three different scorers during the run to finish off the quarter (Zach Palmer, Rex Sanders, Wells Stanwick in that order).
In the second quarter, the Great Danes' Tim Cox found Jimmy Haugen, who received the pass right in front of the net and sent a laser past Blue Jays goalie Pierce Bassett. Albany then scored when Miles Thompson sent a ball to Ty Thompson to tie the game at four with 11:25 to play in the half.
During a Johns Hopkins’ offensive possession, a Blue Jays’ offensive player sent a shot towards Riorden, who made the save. Unfortunately, the shot that the Blue Jays player sent hit Riorden in a very soft spot, forcing him out of the game for two and half minutes.
An impressive Albany defensive in the third quarter held Johns Hopkins scoreless on six shots. The Great Danes scored twice in the third, one by Ryan Feuerstein and the other by Will Fuller, to swing momentum back in their favor and lead for the second time in the contest at 6-5.
Johns Hopkins' Holden Cattoni tied the game for the fifth time to begin the fourth and final period. The Blue Jays' Stanwick facilitated the play for his only assist of the game.
Derrick Eccles' impressive hustle play gave Albany a 7-6 lead with 12:45 remaining. Eccles began with a shot on net that was saved by Bassett. The saved bounced off Bassett and Eccles picked up the loose ball in front of the net and sent a shovel-like shot for his first goal of the game.
Johns Hopkins’ Stanwick scored back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to one 9-8. Teammate Brandon Benn followed up with a one-timer from Lee Coppersmith to tie the game at nine for the sixth time with 5:05 left in the game.
The play of the game came at the 2:01 mark in the fourth quarter. Riorden made his 20th save of the game and quickly passed it Doug Eich. Eich, a defensemen, took the ball the length of the field and rattled off a shot to the top right-hand corner of the net past Bassett for the game-winner.