Reszcyk scores twice in final three minutes to give St. Mary's 2-1 win over Brother Rice

Hockey   | Jeff Dullack

Reszcyk scores twice in final three minutes to give St. Mary's 2-1 win over Brother Rice

Orchard Lake – Coming off of an impressive 3-0 win over Detroit Catholic Central last week, Birmingham Brother Rice found itself closing in on a sixth straight lead as it held a 1-0 lead in the final minutes of Wednesday night’s game against rival Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

But St. Mary’s Grant Reszcyk had other plans.

The Eaglet’s senior captain first tied the game up at 1-1 with just 2:49 left in the third period and then, with just 24.8 seconds remaining in regulation, netted the game-winner to lead St. Mary’s to a 2-1 win, snapping Brother Rice’s five game winning streak.

“We played hard the whole game, it was a good game,” St. Mary’s coach Brian Klanow said. “We were in need of a break and we got one.”

After spending the first 48 minutes of Wednesday’s game without a goal, despite several strong scoring chances that were turned away by Brother Rice goalie Daniel Sendek, St. Mary’s (8-9-1) finally found the equalizer it had been looking for with just under three minutes left to play as Reszcyk found the back of the net to tie the game up at 1-1.

Just two and a half minutes later, Reszcyk took a pass from Ryan McGorisk and sent a shot past the Brother Rice goaltender to give his team a 2-1 win.

“McGorisk came down in the corner and he had the puck for a while,” Reszcyk said. “But he saw me out in front and I kind of just sat a little bit higher in the slot and put it in the far side.”

Klanow said that with his team in the offensive zone in the closing seconds of the game, he made the decision to send his senior forward back out on the ice as he felt he would give the Eaglets their best chance to win in regulation.

“We pulled one player