The Bethlehem hockey team played even with Christian Brothers Academy, with the exception of a three-minute span of the second period.
In that three-minute span, the Brothers scored three goals to take a 4-1 lead on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Eagles in Friday's Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Bethlehem Area YMCA.
I thought the effort was outstanding, said first-year Bethlehem coach Richard Hughes. "We had a letdown at the beginning of the second period. Other than that, I thought we played well."
"We've got a lot of work to do," said CBA coach Ron Kuhl. "We have to work on the little things to play a complete game."
The Eagles stunned CBA by getting the first goal. Alex Amirault took a pass from Andrew Vincent and put the puck past Andrew Ragozzino 6:22 into the first period to give Bethlehem a 1-0 lead. Amirault's goal led Kuhl to pull Ragozzino for Shane Hans, and the freshman responded by stopping 11 of the 12 shots he faced.
The Brothers pulled even later in the first period on Zack Robinson's and took control at the start of the second period. Marc Meybaum tallied off a Robinson assist 40 seconds into the second period, and Tristan Newkirk scored a short time later to give CBA a 3-1 lead. Brad Medici ended the Brothers' spurt with a goal at 2:58 that chased Bethlehem goaltender T.J. Caswell.
"I thought we got off to a bit of a slow start, but we put in a couple to get ourselves going," said Kuhl.
John Remmel replaced Caswell, and the junior played well. Remmel stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced over the final 27:02.
"When we made the goalie change, Remmel was the one who kept us in the game," said Hughes.