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West Haven, Conn.
We’ve all played sports. We’ve all dreamed of hitting that walk off home run or that overtime buzzer-beater to win the game. But maybe, more importantly, we’ve all played games with pent-up emotion.
West Haven Notre Dame’s Doug Caliendo played a game with a burden that most of us fear, to have to play a game the day his father passed away. His father, Lou, lost his battle with stomach cancer last Wednesday morning, just hours before his son’s game. The Green Knights held a moment of silence for Lou before the game against Northwest Catholic.
The game carried on as any ordinary hockey game does. Catholic led the Green Knights 20 seconds into the third period, until the Knights tied it up, a goal that would go on to force overtime. Only 23 seconds into overtime, Green Knights defenseman Doug Caliendo received the puck and had a chance to make something special happen. Caliendo made a move and scored the game winning goal to give the Green Knights a 3-2 win in the most dramatic fashion.
It’s a storybook ending that’ll give you goosebumps. Moments like these are what constantly remind us why we play sports and why we love the game.
– M. Fritz