WEST ORANGE, NJ — Midway through the second period, Millburn ice Hockey was down 4-1 to Oratory Prep (Summit). After coming out strong against Scotch Plains the game before, something had to give.
Over the next period and a half, something did, as the Millers roared back in commanding fashion to stun the Rams 6-5 on a goal in the dying seconds by Jack Schob.
In the first period, Millburn Had jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, as Fyodor Brylin scored midway through the frame. After his goal, Oratory Prep would score the next four, with two coming late in the first and the other two coming early in the second.
As the game threatened to slip away from the Millers, Ryan Potechin put the team on his back, scoring a pair of goals in the second period to bring the game back to within 4-3.
Oratory prep would score once more in the second period, but the tide had turned, and in the final frame, Millburn got goals from Casey Dutch, Ben Hayum and Schob, who scored with just three seconds to go for the win.
After the game, Schob recapped what the game-winning goal looked like from his perspective on the ice.
"I thought that the game was going to end in a couple of seconds," Schob said. "I just ripped one on net. I saw Matt [Riskin] in front, he ducked. I guess he knew it was going in and it turned out for the best."
For interim head coach Chris Myers, his team's ability to bounce back under circumstances like the one in Friday's game is an admirable trait.
"I'm very proud," Myers said. 'it's one of those things that we talk about all the time, is the energy. And you know, honestly, we were outplayed those first two periods, and that third period, it was a whole nother [sic] team that came out there. They just did not want to lose. And they came through."
Schob also noted that from the players' perspective, their energy in the final frame was key to the win.
"Coach said it himself, that we came out light in the first period," Schob added. "And how we were a completely different team in the third. I guess that really showed. We had a light bench today, and everybody really stepped up, and it made a big difference in the third."
Millburn will be back in action Monday night at Codey Arena against Verona. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.