As printed in the Stamford Advocate:
Earlier this month, the King hockey team fell 8-4 to a St. Luke's squad that was overwhelming from start to finish.
Almost four weeks later, that tune would change in the form of a 4-3 win for King over the Storm Monday at the Son the SoNo Ice House.
One difference in the time spanning the two contests was freshman goalie Charlie Feinstein, who didn't play in the first contest and recorded 27 saves for King Monday.
"Freshman Charlie Feinstein played a great game in net," King coach Chris Berlingo said. "He did a great job today, and overall it was a great team effort."
Tied at 3-3 heading into the third period, the Vikings (7-3) grabbed the lead just over two minutes in when Jason Marsella converted on a rebound immediately following a successful King power play.
From there, St. Luke's (8-3) put the pressure on, tilting the ice in its favor for the majority of the remaining time.
The Storm however couldn't find the equalizer, partially because of Feinstein, and partially due to blocked shots by the King skaters.
"The last play was a blocked shot," Berlingo said of a fitting ending for King. "We've been trying to get them to concentrate, especially the wings, on staying out at the points; you have to get your body in front and sacrifice and that paid off a lot today."
Early on, it looked like the game might be a replay of the Storm's four-goal win as Brenden Whiteley and Will Frossell tallied in the first five minutes to put St. Luke's up early.
That lead would last through the first period, but just 23 seconds into the second DJ Hart put in a rebound to get the Vikings on the board.
Less than a minute later, a five-minute major awarded King an extended power play and Nick Carnavalla connected off a perfect feed from Mike Carnavalla, tying the game at 2-2.
St. Luke's killed off the remainder of the major, and Frossell scored on a backhand to retake a 3-2 lead at the 9:23 mark.
Six minutes later Nick Carnavalla tied the game again, this time on a shorthanded breakaway where he used his body to hold off a King defender before burying the puck through the five-hole.
"It went out to the D and it hit his skate and bounced off," Carnavalla said. "I just came in and took it, I wanted to go top corner but I still got it in."
At times St. Luke's controlled play, but careless turnovers in its own end and the neutral zone proved to be the difference maker.
"I think our D was pinching a little too much, and they were chipping out and getting two-on-ones," Storm coach Zach Brusko said. "Little mistakes make the difference in games like this, we had our chances but they outplayed us today."
As long as the Storm can correct the sloppy plays, Brusko remains confident in his team going forward.
"Our forecheck was good," Brusko said. "When we get in the zone we're fine, our problem was turning pucks over and they're a fast team — you can't do that against a good team."
VIEW A GALLERY OF PHOTOS ON THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE HERE:
KING 4, ST. LUKE'S 3
KING 0 3 1—4
ST. LUKE'S 2 1 0—3
Records: King 7-3; St. Luke's 8-3. Goals: K—DJ Hart, Nick Carnavalla 2, Jason Marsella; STL—Will Frossell 2, Brenden Whiteley. Assists: K—Richard Focke 2, Mike Carnavalla. Goalies: K—Charlie Feinstein (27 saves); STL—Evan Ruschil (27). Shots: K—31; STL—30.