At high noon on Sunday, DYHA’s Bantam B team went into battle at Lake Placid in search of some hardware.
And they got it, winning the Bronze Medal 1-0 in a battle that went into quadruple overtime.
When regulation ended, the score stood 0-0 vs. the Lexington Bedford team from Mass.
In overtime, the teams played 4-on-4 plus goalies for two minutes.
The goalies battled it out letting in nothing.
Next OT the teams played 3-on-3, then 2-on-2 and suddenly 1-on-1 in the fourth portion.
At the drop of the puck, Peyton Knauf won the face off, flew down the ice and buried a shot in the upper left corner of the net to secure the victory.
Brendan Bumgardner stood on his head in goal with 23 saves.
Darien’s Bantam B’s won the Bronze medal in a hard fought game in the storied 1932 Lake Placid rink behind strong defense of captains Aditya Krishnamachar and Jeremy Toscano, along with Nick Saah, Luke O’Neil, Brett Raker and Dennis Kennedy.
While Knauf was the hero of the game, Fin Batson scored the most points over the tournament, followed by Tommy Fox, Knauf, Charlie Weaver and Danny Frattaroli, with assists from Will Culliton, Carr Noonan, O’Neil and Saah.
Bumgardner gave up only one goal in Lake Placid for a GAA of 0.33, the lowest of any Bantam goalie in the tournament.
The Bronze medalists included strong offense from Patrick Curley, Charles Wheeler and Nick Kleban and were led by Coach Ken Smith, assistants Mike Carrano, Dave Wheeler and sponsored by Star Physical Therapy.
Bantam B’s vs. Lexington Bedford
Darien’s Bantam B’s Lake Placid tournament began Friday morning vs a tough Lexington Bedford team.
It was 9 degrees out when the players headed to the famous ice arena.
In a nail-biter, with the clock at the 7:30 mark in the first period, Danny Frattaroli had the first and only goal of the game off a nice pass from Carr Noonan.
Brendan Bumgardner started the game in net and shared time with Bobby Leonard, both goalies fighting off shots and Leonard with a clutch toe save with a few seconds left on the clock to secure the 1-0 victory.
Bantam B’s vs. Southeastern, CT
Next up was Southeastern, CT and Peyton Knauf opened the action with a goal at 5:29 of the first period for Darien, off a perfect pass from Fin Batson.
Southeastern scored next but Darien fired back with :36 seconds left in the second period, with a beautiful pass by Will Culliton to Charlie Weaver who put it in the net. Darien was up 2-1.
Southeastern scored in the third to make it 2-2 but with seven minutes to go in the game, Luke O’Neil fought off multiple players, skated up the middle and set up a perfect pass to Tommy Fox who rifled it in to make it 3-2 Darien.
Southeastern fought back and tied it up 3-3. Bobby Leonard was strong in net with 12 saves.
Bantam B’s vs. Gloucester-Orleans Blues
Next up were the Canadians. Darien played the Gloucester-Orleans Blues and with Brendan Bumgarder in the net, the Bantam B’s held off a very strong, physical Canadian team.
With Darien down players for 14 minutes of penalties, the Canadians finally scored on a 5-on-3 power play in the second period. Darien answered back in the third period with great teamwork and on the sheer will of Fin Batson.
With three minutes left in the game, Batson jumped on the ice, took a short pass from Nicky Saah, flew down the rink, blowing by the Canadians offense and defense and buried the puck in the net with a high shot to tie the game 1-1.
Brendan Bumgardner was outstanding in net with 28 saves, many while down a player to penalties, to secure the 1-1 tie against a very tough Gloucester-Orleans Blues team.
Bantam B’s vs. Southeastern, CT in semi-final round
On the crossover game, Fin Batson led off the scoring with a goal 11 minutes into the first period off a pass from Carr Noonan in the rematch.
Tommy Fox tallied his second goal of the tournament off an assist from Charlie Weaver at the 6:42 mark in the first period. Southeastern rallied back and scored two goals in the second period and with 3:20 left in the game, Southeastern nailed a goal from the point.
Bobby Leonard played solid in goal with 13 saves including several nifty glove saves against a strong Southeastern team.