One week after their last meeting, cross town rivals Ravenwood and Brentwood met on Jan. 21 and for the second time in as many games, the Brentwood Bruins defeated Ravenwood 5-3.
It was Ravenwood’s senior night as they honored the team’s six seniors: Jacob Perdue, Will Lamb, Sam Riley, Simon Ivey, Chris Cvercko, and Captain Zack Wertz.
Brentwood came out fast, scoring three goals in the first period.
Ravenwood goalie Simon Ivey was pulled after allowing two goals on two shots by Bruins forwards Noah Klinsky and Matt Chalkley.
Not all the blame rests on Ivey, as Brentwood had several great chances on breakaways before and after the change, but just could not find a way to add a tally of their own. Josh Friedenberger replaced Ivey in net and surrendered a deflected power play goal; Klinsky’s second of the game, to close out the period.
The second period began similarly to the first, as Chalkley dangled through two Ravenwood defenders to get his second goal of the night and extend Brentwood’s lead to 4-0.
Ravenwood forward Ryan Barrett scored off a rebound to bring some life to his team, but less than a minute later, Bruin Tucker Day scored to make it 5-1 and take the life that Barrett’s goal had given the Ravenwood student section right back out of them.
Brentwood came into the third period playing a more relaxed style of play, settling into their lead, something that Ravenwood took full advantage of as Justin Gilbert and Sid Ivey each scored to bring Ravenwood within two. A late shot by Sid Ivey could have cut the lead to one, but it rang off the post.
With the 5-3 win, Brentwood clinched first place in Tier 1 before the division shake-ups with a record of 10-3-1. The Ravenwood Raptors remain in fourth place (8-6).
Three stars of the game: (1) Matt Chalkley (2 goals, 2 assists); (2) Noah Klinsky (2 goals, 1 assist); (3) Tucker Day (1 goal, 2 assists).
In the Ravenwood Raptor’s Jan. 15 match-up against the Brentwood Bruins, the Bruins dominated early and despite a late Raptor rally, fell to Brentwood 2-1.
Brentwood and Ravenwood is one of the most intense rivalries in GNASH. The two schools are less than seven miles apart and the hockey teams have met in the last three state championship games. Many of the players have gone to school together or played on the same travel hockey teams throughout their careers.
In front of their large and vocal student section, the Bruins outworked the Raptors in the first period. With a minute left in the period, Brentwood pinned the Raptors in their zone for over a minute and a half. After a bad bounce off a Raptor skate, Bruins captain Michael Feeney was left wide open and blasted a goal past Ravenwood’s Josh Friedenberger. Less than thirty seconds later, with the Bruins relentless on their attack, Feeney was left open again and knocked the puck out of midair and put it through Friedenberger’s legs. Feeney’s two goals gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Bruins, outshooting the Raptros 15-6 and controlling play, came out flying again in the second period, forcing Raptor Coach Dan Keczmer to use his time out to get his team together.
Following the timeout, the Raptors played like a new team, adding seven shots in the last six minutes of the period. Raptor senior Will Lamb cut the Bruins’ lead in half receiving a short behind the net pass from Sam Riley and knocking it home just before the end of the period.
The hits increased in the third period as both teams tried to energize their student sections and their teammates. Both sides had many scoring chances, but both Friedenberger and Brentwood goaltender Daniel Falls stood tall. With less than a minute to go in the game, the Raptors pulled their goalie, but even with the extra attacker, could not find the back of the net as time expired.
With the 2-1 win, Brentwood jumps to first in the GNASH Tier One division with a record of 9-3-1. The Raptors remain in fourth place (7-5).
Three stars of the game: (1) Michael Feeney (2 goals); (2) Daniel Falls (19 saves); (3) Josh Friedenberger (20 saves).
On Monday, Jan. 13, the Father Ryan Irish and Ravenwood Raptors battled it out at Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators.
Defending state champion Ravenwood came into the game with a 6-4 record, having played fewer games than the other teams in the GNASH Tier One division. Father Ryan was 6-3-2-1 coming into Monday’s game.
Father Ryan scored eleven seconds into the game when Ravenwood, not ready for the early attack, allowed Luke Tinsey to score after a mad scramble in front of the net. Irish forwards Tommy Diver and Riley Smith were credited with assists. Ravenwood came back, scoring two quick goals to close out the first period. The first Ravenwood goal was scored by senior Chris Cvercko with Trey Pefanis scored a minute and a half later to take a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.
The second period was back and forth until Matt Faulkner scored a power play goal for Father Ryan. Raptors forward Zack Levine scored five minutes later on his own rebound in front of the net to break the tie. Father Ryan forward Riley Smith scored twenty two seconds later to tie it up once again at 3-3.
No one could break the tie in the third period, leaving the game result to be decided in a shootout. A penalty at the end of the game by Trey Pefanis left Ravenwood’s leading goal scorer unavailable for the shoot out.
Raptors goaltender Josh Friedenberger stopped all three shots in the shootout. Gianluca Digiovanni, in net for the Irish, stopped two of the three Raptor shooters. The only player to score in the shootout was Ravenwood captain and defenseman Zach Wertz whose stickhandling froze the goalie and he scored five-hole.
New behind the Ravenwood bench, after taking over as Head Coach in Jan. 2014, former Nashville Predator player Dan Keczmer, now holds a 2-0 record.
With the win, Ravenwood jumps to fourth in the Tier One division, with a number of games in hand over the other division teams. Father Ryan remains third in the Tier One division with a 6-3-2-2 record.
Three stars of the game: (1) Josh Friedenberger (21 saves, 3 for 3 in the shootout); (2) Riley Smith (goal, assist); (3) Zach Wertz (game winning goal).