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Summit's Riley Flynn (8) had two goals to help lead the way for the Hilltoppers in Tuesday night's 5-1 win over Brick. Looking on in the background is Summit's James Strabler (17). (Photo by Paul Bruno)
Summit Skates Past Brick, 5-1
ROSELLE- Garrett McGowan expected a surge from his opponent in the final period last night.
In the end the Summit senior goalie withstood the push -- and 15 shots in the third period -- and junior forward Riley Flynn collected two goals to send the Hilltoppers to a 5-1 decision over Brick at Warinanco Rink in Roselle.
Summit (1-0) was mostly in command and held a 3-1 lead through two periods, displaying its depth with three strong lines, physical play and puck movement. Still, McGowan didn’t believe it would be an easy skate through the final 15 minutes.
“We expected Brick to come back,” said McGowan, who posted his 39 th career victory to tie the school record. “We took some penalties in the third period and they were able to get some momentum. I knew I had to focus and I had to be sharper in the third.”
McGowan, who finished with 32 saves, denied Brick’s Ryan Mooney on a breakaway 1:15 into the third, and watched as Mooney’s rebound attempt slid through the crease and just past the far post to preserve the 3-1 lead.
McGowan then stopped a slick deflection by Tyler Rozell with 10:01 left, before denying David Kearns’ point shot on the power play less than a minute later. After that stop, Kearns’ shot popped over and behind McGowan before the puck was frozen on the goal line to preserve the two-goal advantage for Summit.
Brick (1-1) poured 15 shots at McGowan while holding Summit to just three at the other end in the third.
Freshman forward Owen McLaughlin scored with 2:26 remaining at even strength to give Summit a 4-1 lead before classmate Corey McManus hit with the extra attack with 54 seconds left to make it 5-1.
Much of the first two periods were at a quick pace. Whit Cummings opened the scoring when he lifted a rebound over Brick goalie Jake Lampisi with 9:31 left in the first to give Summit a 1-0 lead. Brick, which outshot Summit 33-19 overall, responded on a power play goal by James Wiater 1:26 later to make it 1-1.
Flynn, who finished with 52 points on 17 goals and 35 assists last year, scored his first on a power play tally as Summit held a 2-1 lead after the first.
Flynn hit again off an assist from Liam McLaughlin (four assists) with 6:54 showing in the second for a 3-1 edge.
Summit’s special teams came through, connecting for a pair of power play goals while killing off seven of eight Brick power plays.
“We had a lot of penalties, especially in the third,” said Summit coach Keith Nixon. “It was a bit sloppy at times on both sides, but it’s so early in the season and neither team is where it wants to be right now. Garrett McGowan is very good and he had to come up with some big saves in the third.
“I thought we moved well and saw openings well in the offensive zone at times, but Brick did a good job gapping us between the blue line and red line and they were aggressive. We need to clean up the little details as we go along.”
McGowan came off the ice satisfied with the final outcome.
“It sets the tone for us,” said McGowan, who posted a 15-5-3 record with a 1.71 goals-against and seven shutouts last year. “We want to prove that we can play with anyone in the state.”
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