The only person who stood between Dakota Ridge’s Joey Dolce and a sure breakaway goal was Columbine senior goaltender Charlie Marchese. That, unfortunately for Dolce, was the problem. Nothing was going to get past Marchese as he stood between the pipes Jan. 25 at the Edge Ice Arena.
The stalwart goaltender was a brick wall as Columbine produced its first shutout in more than three years with a 2-0 victory over the Eagles. It was the first shutout for the Rebels since a 5-0 win over Mullen on Jan. 19, 2010, a stretch of 61 games.
“He did great. A great, great goalie. We threw a lot of shots on him. Not our best shots. He definitely made a bunch of great, great saves,” Dolce said. “That breakaway was just mind-blowing to me. I thought I had a decent move and he lays out. Amazing save.”
Marchese sprawled out with his right leg deflecting Dolce’s shot attempt with 6 minutes, 19 seconds left in regulation. It was one of 33 saves for the Rebels netminder. The play left such an impression that Dolce, at the next game stoppage, skated down to Marchese and congratulated him.
“He just came up and told me that save changed the game,” Marchese said.
Maybe it did or maybe it didn’t, but it certainly reinforced how more prepared Columbine (5-10, 10 points Foothills Conference) was for this encounter than it was last month when Dakota Ridge scored a 2-1 victory, capped by, ironically, a Dolce game-winner late in the first period.
Dylan Schreiner and Ian Lewis scored their first goals of the season for the Rebels, who snapped a two-game slide. Schreiner’s came on a 5-on-3 power play 11:25 into the game, courtesy of assists from Andy Wright and Matt Meyer. Lewis scored late in the second period. Logan Seibold and Jacob Cohen assisted on the play.
“We all showed up today, first time in a while that’s happened. I showed up to play, our team showed up to play. They played good in front of me. We were successful,” said Marchese, who didn’t play in the previous meeting.
Jeff Hart made 21 saves for Dakota Ridge (4-10).
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