The Ringgold hockey team was back in action on Tuesday, hosting Connellsville in PIHL Division 2 play. The game was part of California University’s Homecoming Series and took place prior to the Vulcans’ game against Robert Morris.
Although Ringgold had the better play for most of the first period, neither team was able to find the back of the net and the game remained tied at intermission.
Connellsville opened the scoring started at the 7:11 mark of the second period. Shortly after, the Falcons were whistled for a penalty and the Ringgold power play went to work.
Ryan Marek would cash in for the Rams, scoring from the right half-wall to tie the game.
The Rams would give one back late in period, however, allowing Connellsville to take the lead on a power play goal with just over three minutes remaining in the period. Ringgold trailed 2-1 after two.
Ringgold’s Justin Day picked up the lone goal of the third period just a minute in to tie the game. The teams would battle for the remainder of the third but with the score remaining tied at 2, the teams headed for overtime.
Hunter Suarez played the role of hero for the Rams in overtime, sniping a wrister past the Connellsville goaltender with 29 seconds left in the period. The Rams were able to take advantage of a Falcons’ mistake, as Zach Kalinowski intercepted a clearing attempt from a Connellsville defenseman. Kalinowski sent the puck to Suarez who finished the game-winner.
The Ringgold out-shot the Falcons, 37-20 on the night. Evan Cook earned his second win in goal, stopping 18 of 20.
Ringgold (2-0) will resume play on October 18 against Carrick.