Photo: Batavia's Josh Marr (9), battles with ND's Beau Richter
It was a packed house for the Batavia Ice Devil's David M. McCarthy Memorial tournament at the Falleti Ice Arena Friday night, as Notre Dame came up victorious in one of the biggest cross-town games of the year.
The first period was full of hard hits and scoring chances for Batavia as they outshot Notre Dame 12-4, but the score remained as it started with neither team being able to capitalize on any chances. The second period was Notre Dame leading the shot board 8-7 and it looked as though the second period score would remain the same until Notre Dame was able to put the first score on the board. Forward Josh Johnson set up linemate Jack Nenni as he ripped the puck through the five-hole of Batavia goalie Adam Kurek with 1:50 remaining in the second period.
Notre Dame back out in the third period the same way they ended the second, with a goal, as Nenni and Tyler Kessler set up Brett Perfitt to give Notre Dame the 2-0 lead.
Batavia was not going to let down easy as forward Conor Holvey scored his second goal of the season off a Corey Kocent pass to put Batavia within a goal of ND with just over 8 minutes reamaining in the game but that would remain their only goal. "We came in knowing that one of the factors to beating Notre Dame is we had to beat their goalie (Tom Dehr)," says Holvey. He's a great goalie and contributes positively to his team every game.
Former Batavia forward, Dylan Versage gave Notre Dame the insurance goal with just over two minutes remaining. "It feels good to score against my old team. I am good friends with some of them and we have played together our whole careers so it was really fun," Versage says.
With about a minute left in the game, Batavia pulled their goalie in hopes to capitalize on the score board. Notre Dame forward Jason Harasimowicz had other plans as he scored from his own zone on a dump shot to secure the victory by the final score of 4-1.
"We came into this game the same as we always do and we look at this just like any other win," Versage says. "It definitely makes it more interesting being against our friends and rival but its still just another game and we have to play how we always do."
Notre Dame (5-1) will play against Fronteir in the Championship game tomorrow at 3:30pm at the Falleti Ice Arena, while Batavia (2-3) will play in the consolation game at 1pm against Oswego.
Fronteir (Section 6) beat Oswego (Section 3) to advance to the championship game by a score of 10-2.
Photo: ND's Tom Dehr, stops a shot from Batavia's Will Mulcahy
(Photos courtesy of Scott Grefrath)