The Rams varsity hockey team lost a heartbreaker Wednesday night, Dec. 16, to cross-town rival Forest Hills Northeastern 5-4 in a hard-fought game that went into overtime.
The first period was all fast-paced, hard-hitting, non-stop skating play as both teams played hard at both ends of the ice. Rockford finally broke the pace when senior forward Alex Fox found an opening on the left side of the Forest Hills Northeastern (FHN) net and scored at the 6:19 mark with a nice rebound goal. This closed out the period at 1-0, Rams.
Period two found the Rams in penalty trouble early, giving the Hawks the power play advantage several times, which allowed the Hawks to score for the first time at 11:22, making it a 1-1 game.
Momentum appeared to swing in favor of the Hawks, as they took a 2-1 lead with another score at the 7:18 mark.
As the penalties continued to flow from both teams, it was the Rams’ time to take advantage. Junior forward Zach King scored for the Rams at the 6:21 mark with a nice assist from senior forward Cody Cantu, making it an even game at 2-2.
A series of Hawk penalties gave the Rams a 5-3 power play advantage, allowing Cantu to put one in the net at the 3:53 mark with help from junior forward Thomas Soupal and King as period two ended at 3-2, Rams.
Third period action started with senior defenseman and team captain Robert Perry finding the net with a nice goal at 13:22 of the period, giving the Rams a 4-2 lead.
Unfortunately Ram penalties crept back into the contest, allowing FHN a power play score with 9:29 left, putting it at 4-3 Rams.
After finding themselves on the penalty kill again, the Rams put on a defensive show for the next several minutes and kept the Hawks from scoring, finally getting back to full strength at the 6:00 mark. As the clock wound down, it appeared the Rams would close this one out with a victory, but it was not to be had, as FHN scored with :54 seconds left in the game to tie it up 4-4 and send it into eight minutes of overtime play.
Although this was a hard-fought contest with great effort from both teams, overtime luck went the way of the Hawks, as they scored on the Rams at the 6:21 mark, giving the Hawks the overtime victory over Rockford, 5-4.