The up and down Santa Margarita Eagles brought their A game to Great Oak Tuesday night to defeat the Wolf Pack 7-2. The loss was Great Oak’s first since opening night and snapped a 15 game win streak. A balanced Santa Margarita offense was led by Hayden Ruiz (2 goals, 2 assists, and 9 ground balls). A staunch team defense held the Wolf pack to two goals, nearly 9 goals below their season average. Santa Margarita dominated the stats sheet with 50 ground balls (10 by Ravi Dhouni), 15 caused turnovers, and successfully clearing on 20 out of 25 attempts. Junior Ian Babcock was 5 for 5 at the face-off X.
The Eagles appeared to jump out to a 1-0 lead at 10:06 of the first period until RJ Mazalewski’s goal was negated by an illegal stick penalty. Shortly after the Eagles killed the penalty, Ronnie Pisano made a save and took matters into his own hands by running the ball across midfield before passing off to Josh Kang. Kang found Andrew Luher on the crease who did his part by putting the Eagles up 1-0 for real this time. Great Oak evened the score at 1-1 with 1:30 left in the period. The second quarter was controlled by Santa Margarita as Ruiz, Luher, and Mazz scored the only three goals of the quarter. Ruiz opened the third quarter scoring with his third unassisted goal of the night before Great Oak made it 5-2 at the 7:10 mark. The Eagles closed out the game with goals from Conor Ebner and Michael Senecal; both coming on assists from Ruiz.