Patriots win shootout with BE/PG United
A resilient Fort Dorchester Hockey Club earned a 6-5 win over BE/PG United Friday in overtime.
United gained momentum several times during the contest, but Fort Dorchester refused to let the team shut the door as the Patriots improved to 5-1 on the season to move into first place for the South Carolina Scholastic Hockey Association. United dropped to 3-3, but two of its losses have been in overtime so the team is currently tied for second with Stratford in the point standings.
United jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first period, but the Patriots managed to cut the lead in half with a goal early in the second. That score held until the third.
Fort Dorchester’s Patrick McCardle won the puck and skated past a defender to score his second goal of the game with 12:27 remaining in regulation.
United regained the lead with a slap shot, but the Fort needed less than a minute to answer. McCardle passed to Captain Julian DiPaolo, who sent a shot into the net for a 5-all tie that held the final 3:49 of play.
United opened the ensuing penalty-shot showdown with a miss and then Fort Dorchester Assistant Captain Justin LeBlanc made his shot to put the pressure back on United. No other Patriots made their shots, but the Fort goalie made four more saves to secure the win.
Todd Braga and Chandler Murphy scored the Patriots’ other goals in regulation. Brandon Doss, Nicholas Long and Zack Potter all had an assist in the game.
Dylan Belida and Ean Hickam split time in goal for the Fort.
The Patriots host cross-town rival Summerville at 6 p.m. this Friday at the Carolina Ice Palace.