RICHARDSON — The Midlothian hockey team’s five-game winning streak was snapped when it lost 5-2 against the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League’s second-best team, Bishop Lynch, at the Ice Training Center, Thursday.
The game was knotted at 0-0 after one period of play as the teams had great looks at shots on goal, both goalies, getting in some work.
In the second period, however, Bishop Lynch reeled off three consecutive goals against the Midlothian goalie.
And the goals came at Midlothian very quickly, within five minutes of each other, one of them during a powerplay.
During breaks in action, Midlothian teammates went over to the freshman Jimmy Case to keep his spirits up.
Midlothian, which had an impressive streak of wins entering the game, got on the scoreboard when Micah Koutros dished off to Matt Bassett two minutes following Bishop Lynch’s third goal.
It appeared that Midlothian had turned the corner as players continued to get some shots off against Bishop Lynch goalie David Kendall, who had 13 saves.
As opportunistic as Midlothian had come to getting shots on goal, the players weren’t able to retreat fast enough collectively, giving Bishop Lynch players easy looks during breakaways.
During a post-game interview last week, Midlothian’s Brent Jones said the team was going to take on proven Bishop Lynch athletes.
“They’ve been in overtime games (three times) this year, and have wins, so I bet you they have a lot of stamina,” Jones said.
In the third period, when the score was 5-1 in favor of Bishop Lynch, Midlothian coach Ryan Pfeiffer decided to put Cody Alonso in at goalie.
Midlothian’s Bassett collected his second goal with 36 seconds left in the game.
Hassan Makke had two goals for Bishop Lynch; Trevor Scott, Nick Earhart and Trevor Hargrove had one goal each in the game.
Midlothian was called for five penalties and Bishop Lynch a trio of times.
The loss leaves Midlothian (11-9-0) in sixth place still just ahead of Plano East (10-7-2), which was passed in the standings last week.
If the season were to end today, Midlothian would face Rockwall (16-3-1) in the first round of the playoffs.
Rockwall defeated Arlington Wild, 5-2, the same night.
Bishop Lynch improved its season record to 16-1-3 and extended its winning streak to 12 games. The last time it had lost was against Midlothian, 6-5, in overtime, in the second week of league action.
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