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In a crazy third period where five goals were scored in the last five minutes Mainland held on to defeat St Joe’s 6-5 in a Tier III battle to open up the action at the Skate Zone. With the loss St Joe’s was eliminated from the playoffs. Mainland jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Sean Bowman and one on the power play by Josh Handshaw. St Joe’s would rally late in the period as Nick Frangos found Paulie Petrongolo in the slot with just over one minute left in the period. And with just 12 seconds left Tristen Ridarelli tied the score at 2-2.

Bowman and Bruce Stanton traded goals in the second period and we were tied at 3-3 heading into the third period. With less than five minutes left and looking like overtime was a possibility, suddenly both teams started scoring. Tim Vant gave Mainland a 4-3 lead but thirty seconds later Frangos got the tying goal. Right off the center ice face-off Mainland broke in and Jack Handshaw broke the tie putting home a rebound of a shot by Matt Schenkov. Vant scored thirty seconds later to give Mainland some breathing room at 6-4. Frangos scored with two minutes left to make it 6-5, and despite pulling the goalie, St Joe’s just ran out of time.

Written by Mike Costantino

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