BAYONNE — The quick, two-goal flurry is among the wildest swings in hockey. It can be a momentum-killer or send a team on its way.
Deadlocked at one after two periods of play, Adam Losonczy and Billy Parsley scored 28 seconds apart in the opening minute of the third as Bayonne executed the two-goal swing to perfection to pull out a 3-1 victory over Johnson at Korpi Arena in Bayonne.
Losonczy broke the ice with 2:51 left in the first period to give Bayonne a 1-0 lead it carried into the intermission, but Matt Alongi came right back for Johnson with 3:31 left in the second period as both teams skated to the locker room tied at two after two.
The third, however, belonged to the Bees.
“We were pumped up in the locker room, came out strong and just battled hard in the third period,” Losonczy said. “We just executed. That’s about it. We went really hard, battled and came out with the win.”
“We were focused on everyone doing their job, knowing their role,” Bayonne associate coach Nick Brancatella said. “Pucks out of the zone, the forecheck, the first guy going hard… Coming together as a team, playing together, playing for that guy next to you and we know Michael (Lojewski) is going to give us a good start in net. He kept us in the game.”
The Johnson Crusaders out-shot Bayonne, 34-33, but Michael Lojewski was there to foil nearly every opportunity that was presented, including a crucial penalty kill with three minutes remaining in regulation.
“The boys did a really good job today of keeping the shots wide,” Lojewski said. “We’ve struggled with it recently but my D — Johnny O’Brien and Ivan Cua — they did a really good job of letting me see the shots and clearing out rebounds tonight. I think they have the confidence in me to make the first save and I did. 34 shots — it seemed like a lot but it wasn’t.”
Billy Parsley finished with a goal and an assist in the win as Bayonne improves to 3-3. Arthur L. Johnson High School, which received 30 saves from goalie Karol Wieczorek, drops to 1-4.
“Honestly, the unforced errors and turnovers — we can’t keep chucking the puck up,” Johnson coach Bryan Klimchak said. “It was a close game, but the team that keeps grinding out these close games are eventually going to capitalize.”
Losonczy started the scoring in the first and got the team going again in the third.
“We dumped it in deep, Billy Parsley got there, passed it to Ben Dunlap, he passed it to me in front and shot it right in, low glove,” Losonczy described his first goal. “And on the second one, a shot from John O’Brien at the point, it hit between my legs and went right in. That’s about it. We went really hard, battled and came out with the win.”
Matt Alongi put Johnson on the board and back in the game with his goal assisted by Mike Midrano.
“I didn’t expect to score but my shot on net went in,” Alongi said. “He saw me go right in front, he passed it to me and I got the shot off.
“I just didn’t think we were ready to play in the third when we came out,” Alongi, a sophomore, said. “They got two quick goals on us. We have to play three periods of hockey.”
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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