CANANDAIGUA, GREECE STORM PLAY TO 1-1 TIE IN GOALTENDING DUELDec 8, 2023
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In a goaltending duel between sophomore Ryan Corey and senior Charles Fuller, the Greece Storm (2-3-1) and Canandaigua Academy Braves (4-1-1) each recorded 32 shots before playing to a 1-1 draw Tuesday night at Greater Canandaigua Civic Center.
The Braves, who suffered a 6-3 defeat last season against the Storm, show a 4-1-1 mark in their first six games of the season whereas Greece boasts a 2-3-1 record following Tuesday's matchup.
Senior defenseman Tyler Shuler tallied his first goal of the campaign from sophomore Arthur Fuller and senior Jacob Benne at the 11:43 mark of the opening frame for Canandaigua. Fuller made his sixth appearance of the season, stopping 31 of 32 while earning a tie. The senior netminder sports a 1.80 goals-against average to go with a .919 save percentage, which ranks third and fourth amongst all MCPSAC goaltenders, respectively.
Seniors Jack Pilgram and Spencer Griffin both recorded an assist on fellow classmate Logan Howell’s power-play goal in the second stanza for Greece Storm. Both of Howell’s goals on the season have come on the man-advantage while Griffin paces the club in assists (11) and points (19) for the third consecutive season. Pilgram logged his sixth point and third assist.
Corey (1-1-1) made his third appearance of the season, turning aside 31 of 32 in the tie. In each of his three starts, the sophomore has finished with 25 or more saves.
In the opening period, the Braves, who finished the frame with a 10-7 shot advantage, carried much of the play to the like of the home crowd. Midway through the frame, after nearly scoring on a cross-crease pass, Canandaigua got on the board thanks to Shuler’s right point shot with 5:17 to play.
During the second frame, Greece drew three straight penalties before capitalizing on a five-on-three two-man advantage to even the score at one.
On the power-play tally, it came during an abbreviated five-on-three for 40 seconds, but Howell finished off Griffin and Pilgram’s feed with just under five minutes left in the period.
Like the third period, neither team could solve the opposition’s goaltender in sudden-death overtime and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Canandaigua Academy will try to build on its strong start to the season as they face-off with the Portside Royals for at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Tuttle Ice while Greece heads to Genesee Valley to take on Brighton/HFL on Dec. 12 at 5:00 p.m.