DETROIT -- Country Day battled for three periods and up to the last minute of overtime against perennial power Utica Eisenhower before a deflected Eisenhower shot blooped into the net to give the Eagles a 4-3 win at Joe Louis Arena.
"I thought the guys did a real good job trying to find a way to get a win," said Country Day Coach Frank Novock. "It was a good test for us. I was proud of the way the guys battled."
Country Day got on the scoreboard first. At 12:10 of the first period, Zach Bensinger got the puck back to Jake Hartje at the left point. Hartje blasted a shot which Sebastian Stankiewicz deflected in front for a 1-0 lead.
In the second period, Eisenhower grabbed the lead back, when first Frank Saputo scored, then Drew Lauer. Country Day tied it with just over two minutes left in the period as Jack Mettler deflected a shot from the point by Nick Martin. Martin and Max VanAntwerp picked up assists on the goal. Eisenhower took the ensuing faceoff, raced down and Lauer scored to put the Eagles back up by one.
"The first period we were solid," said Coach Novock. "The second period wasn't very good for us. The third period, we took the play to them. We had some real good chances, and their goalie made some nice saves. We were getting pucks to the net."
Country Day scored the only goal of the third period. Paul Johnson rifled a shot from the point which Eagle goalie Kenny Stolko stopped. Zach Bensinger got the rebound, but his shot was blocked. The puck came out to Sebastian Stankiewitz, who blasted it by Stolko to tie the game. A second Country Day goal was disallowed because of the referee ruled that the net moved.
In overtime, Country Day had just fought off a penalty when Eisenhower's Jack Leskiau's shot was deflected up and over Country Day goalie Chris Cantrell.
Cantrell ended the night with 20 saves including several excellent glove saves.
"All in all, I'm pleased with the effort," said Novock. "That was a very good team there."
With the win, Eisenhower improved to 7-1, while Country Day dropped its first game of the season. Its record is now 9-1-1.