Timing is everything.
Ravenwood’s Thomas Miller came out of the penalty box at about the time the puck arrived near center ice from teammate Caleb Muncie, and Miller drove it the length to score his second goal of the third period, sealing the Raptors’ 3-1 win Monday night over Brentwood for the GNASH Predators Cup championship at the Centennial Sportsplex.
“It came across, and I just happened to be there,” said Miller, who had gone to the box at the 4:26 mark for tripping — just a couple of minutes after his power-play goal put Ravenwood (16-4-4) ahead following two prior 2-0 losses to Brentwood.
“We knew we had a great chance to win, and we were going to do everything we could to get it done.”
The Raptors rallied from a 1-0 deficit through two periods, as R.J. Harris scored with 11:57 remaining to tie the game.
“We had a turnover in our zone, and they took it in and made a nice play,” Brentwood coach Chris Orem said. “We lost some momentum there, and a couple of more penalty situations took the wind out of our sails.”
Brentwood (18-5-1) scored less than six minutes into the game.
A hooking penalty on Ravenwood’s Trey Pefanis put the Bruins on the power play, and it didn’t take them long to capitalize — just 38 seconds, as Caleb Callaway wrapped around the goal to the right side of Raptor goalkeeper Owen Zdunski and slipped the puck past him.
Ravenwood had a handful of scoring opportunities during the second period, but a Pefanis shot was wide left at the 8:40 mark and the Raptors were unable to get off a shot on a power play after Brentwood’s Matthew Isbell went to the box for holding.
In the final minute of the period, Brentwood goalkeeper B.J. Jarnigan stopped a shot by Daniel Jonynas to preserve the shutout into the third period.
“We have nine seniors in our lineup, and I told them they had 14 minutes left in their career,” Ravenwood coach Al Rooney said. “We needed to get pucks deeper, get down in their zone.
“We dug a little deeper.”
The victory gave Ravenwood the Preds Cup for the second straight year and for the third time in the last four years — with Brentwood breaking the streak in 2011.