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December 19, 2013

Utica Eisenhower comes back to beat Country Day in overtime

Andrew Barbara nets overtime winner

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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Utica Eisenhower comes back to beat Country Day in overtime
Eisenhower boys hockey tops County Day in overtime at Comerica Park

After falling behind 2-0 less than four minutes into the game, the outcome for Utica Eisenhower looked bleak against Detroit Country Day in a contest played at Comerica Park in preparation the Hockeytown Winter Festival.

The Eagles stormed back late in the second period, as Jack Tobiczyk scored twice, then the two sides played a scoreless third period to send the contest to overtime.

In the extra session, Eisenhower forward Andrew Barbara corralled a rebound and scored the game-winner with 6:44 to go in overtime.

"I saw the opening, saw the puck come up, and moved my feet and fired as hard as I could," Barbara said. "It's crazy and it was fun. It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and that's all there is to it. It was a great experience, and I'm glad we won."

Eisenhower out-shot Country Day 38-15, but the Eagles' efforts didn't reflect on the scoreboard until late in the second period when Tobiczyk struck twice.

"We had a rough start, and then we scored and just kept on working off of that momentum to keep going for it. We started working harder and doing the little things right," Tobiczyk said.

Country Day's Jack Bergmann got the Yellowjackets on the board first with a goal 45 seconds into the game. Nick Martin scored with 13:49 left in the first to put Country Day up 2-0.

"We were on our heels a little bit, but we're not going to make any excuses. Both teams had the same ice and the puck was bouncing, so it was hard to get to," Country Day coach Frank Novock said. "That last goal we turned it over in their end, and we talked about being strong there and we just weren't."

Jake Hartje scored the last goal for Country Day less than three minutes into the second period.

Eisenhower's Rob Pizzimenti opened the scoring for the Eagles and helped stop Country Day's early rush of momentum.

"We came out slow as they came out fast and got up two on us very quick, but our boys dug in and battled hard and stuck with it, and we're walking out of Comerica Park with a win," Eisenhower coach Bob Hall said.

Eisenhower moved to 6-1 on the season while Country Day fell to 5-2-1.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.