DELMAR Sometimes, a tie can be as good as a win -- or as bad as a loss.
Such was the case Friday, as Bethlehem rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie Christian Brothers Academy 3-3 in a Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Bethlehem Area YMCA.
RJ Diego re-directed Andrew Carroll's shot past goaltender Kyle Stockman with one minute left in the third period to tie the game for Bethlehem (5-3-3 league, 8-7-3 overall). Bethlehem netminder Kevin Cooley then made a pair of key saves in overtime to prevent the Brothers (8-2-3, 9-5-4) from leaving the rink with more than one standings point.
"There was not one point in the third period -- even down 3-1 -- when I was not confident in my team," said Bethlehem coach Andre Rodrigue.
Afterwards, CBA coach Blaine Drescher couldn't hide his disappointment.
"We got a little complacent after we got the two-goal lead," said Drescher. "We're better than that, and we know it."
The Brothers took their 3-1 lead early in the third period when John Bassett ripped a shot from the blue line that Cooley couldn't see as the puck traveled through traffic in front of the net.
Bethlehem turned up the pressure on Stockman after that, and Stockman was up to the challenge. The junior made several key saves, including one where he deflected a point-blank shot from Caswell.
"We played very well," said Rodrigue. "We controlled the puck and controlled the play. They just ran into a hot goaltender."
A CBA mistake gave Bethlehem new life later in the third period. Nicholas Brenier intercepted an errant pass and sent the puck behind the net to Carroll, who quickly came around and stuffed a shot inside the right post to make the score 3-2.
Mistakes continued to mount for CBA after Carroll's goal. Another errant clearing pass allowed Carroll to skate in alone on Stockman less than 40 seconds later. This time, Stockman made the save to keep the Brothers in front.