Hopewell, Notre Dame Ice Hockey Tie at Mercer County Skating Center – Trentonian

WINDSOR WEST – Lucas Cramer managed to make a movement from the defenseman to see the goal and a place he wanted to put the puck.

It was low on the left and it wasn’t just a huge goal for the rookie, it was an even goal for Hopewell Valley / Montgomery.

After falling behind by two goals, the HV / M guys clashed at 5-5 in a divisional Colonial Valley Conference ice hockey showdown on Monday afternoon at the Mercer County Skating Center.

“I was able to get around their player and I was able to use the defenders as a screen and I went down to the right,” Cramer said of the tying goal. “It’s the biggest goal I’ve ever scored. We would have liked to have had another one. ”

It was a back and forth game until Notre Dame took a 5-3 lead in the final period.

The Irish (4-2) took a five-minute major and Hopewell Valley / Montgomery took advantage.

“It was a good game and that penalty changed the tone,” said ND coach Mike McVey. “We are very similar teams and I think it was a good game.

HV / M (4-3-1) came in after losing 3 of 4 and played as a team looking to make a statement.

“It’s not my style, a 5-5 back and forth game, but it’s definitely fun to watch,” said HV / M coach Jeff Radice. Hearts were pounding. Special teams always seem to level the playing field. We are a young team and we are learning. ”

ND was led by Will Celli with a hat trick and two assists, Gavin Frith had a goal and an assist and Trey Guire had a goal and an assist. Mike McVey also got an assist.

Hopewell Valley / Montgomery saw Lucas’ brother Jack Cramer score one, Gavin Nau had a pair and Lucas Gassiert scored one. Cole Beck had two assists and Brenden Riewe also had a pair of assists.

“We all had positive energy no matter what the score,” said Lucas Cramer. “We just wanted to get the hang of it. We would really prefer to win. ”

The end of the second period was swift and furious as Nau scored with 53.5 left to tie the game, then in the 30th second Celli gave ND a 4-3 lead.

“We believe we are never out of the game,” Radice said. “I tell them that the next goal is the most important and that you should only focus on the little things. “

For Lucas Cramer and Hopewell Valley, it was a big thing.

ND (4-2) 1 3 1 – 5

HV / H (4-3-1) 1 2 2 – 5

Goals: ND: Celli 3, Frith, Guire. HV / M: Nau 2, L. Cramer, Gassiert, J. Cramer.

Assists: ND: Celli 2, Frith, Guire, McVey. HV / M: Beck 2, Riewe 2, Gassiert.

Shots: ND: 19, HV / M: 36. Stops: ND: Mayer 31, HV / M: 14.

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