Disappointment reigned in Blazerland May 25 after a team from Center Point-Urbana defeated a Beckman team for the second straight day. This time it was the boys team being denied a trip to state.
CPU used the second overtime period to take a 3-2 win in a substate final match, a day after the girls team stopped the Blazers 1-0 in their second overtime.
“It was a tale of simple mistakes that cost us really big,” stated coach Mirek Laskowski. “We had the chances, at least two that I can recall, to take the game in regulation. One of them was very early in the game when an open shot went just wide. We should have been up 1-0 at halftime, instead of double zeros.”
Opening the second half, the Blazers did indeed score early, when Tom Jaeger took double cross passes from Owen Grover and Seamus O’Connor to bury the goal. It took five minutes for CPU to knot the game, “on a really good kick from one of their guys,” said assistant coach Alex Gudenkauf. “Jacob (Sadler) was so close o stopping it in a great effort.”
One of the key mistakes happened less than five minutes later, allowing the Stormin’ Pointers to score a go-ahead goal, 2-1. “We more or less just watched the ball go by, we miscommunicated there,” said Laskowski.
Michael Keegan tied the game with about five minutes left in regulation, again using double assists from Grover and O’Connor.
“We should have won it in the first overtime,” said Laskowski. “The shot missed by a fraction of an inch.”
In the second frame, CPU scored just shortly after the whistle, “so fast it was like we weren’t ready for them,” said the coach. “And in the second overtime, we should have been ready. I really thought it was out of the net, Jacob was so stretched out. He gave it his best effort.
“Allowing that ball to reach the goal area was just another bad team mistake that wound up costing a trip to Des Moines for the second straight year. That’s not supposed to happen.
“CPU played well but we controlled so much of the game, it should have been ours. Our team is playing well, we are rebuilding, a lack of experience hurt us. Next year we’ll be back and a year older and more ready,” he added.
Notching shots on goal for the team were Jaeger with three, Grover, Keegan and Adam Wessels two, Bryce Boekholder, Ryan and Logan Burchard one. Sadler made four saves.
The Blazers end their season at 12-8.