Middletown High School's ice hockey team trailed early but battled back to earn a hard-fought 3-3 tie against A.I. DuPont Saturday night at The Pond in Newark.
A.I. DuPont skated to a 1-0 led when Ryan Reynolds scored the first of his two goals at the 13:00 mark of the first period on an assist from Joe Ambler. The Tigers had several more scoring opportunities, but Cavalier goaltender Eric Mosley made several nice saves to keep Middletown close. The Cavaliers tied the score at 10:19 on a nice shot by Nathan Moffitt on a string feed from Marty Coverdale.
The Tigers regained the lead at 6:25 when Zach Zawada ripped a shot past Mosley for a 2-1 lead. Zawada's goal was shorthanded and unassisted.
The first portion of the second period featured some fine stops by Mosley and Tiger goaltender Trevor Sheftz.
A.I. built the lead to 3-1 on Reynolds' second goal 3:37 into the period. The Reynolds' goal was assisted by Ryan Jones.
Middletown closed the gap to 3-2 about two minutes later, at 5:56, on a goal by Ryan Martino with the assist credited to Mike Maglio.
Then, at the 11:40 mark of the second period, Evan Becker scored the tying goal. He was assisted by Moffitt and Trey Bader.
From that point forward, both Sheftz and Mosley played very strong in the nets and each prevented their opponents from scoring the go-ahead goal.
"We were a little rusty at the start of the game, but then, we gradually got our legs back," said Cavalier coach Kevin Froelich, "We worked hard, but we were satisfied with the tie against a pretty good A.I. DuPont team. And I have to give lots of credit to our goalkeeper (Mosley) who played well, especially in the third period."
Middletown is now 6-0-2 on the season while the Tigers are 4-3.
Both teams have several games to make-up on the schedule due to the holiday break and games being postponed due the recent snow and icy conditions.