The DeMatha Catholic High School varsity hockey team mounted a furious comback late in the third period against Calvert Hall, but could not overcome an early deficit, losing to the Towson-based school 4-3 in the annual "Tommy" game, which honors the memory of former DeMatha hockey player Thomas Jensen. Jensen went on to serve with the Prince George's County Police Department before he died from injuries sustained while on duty.
Calvert Hall got on the boards first, with two first-period goals from forward Ryan Dieter, the first assited by forward Matthew Curtin, the second unassisted. The lead was stretched to 3-0 halfway through the second period when Calvert Hall forward Kevin Haigley found the back of the net with an assist from forward Patrick Regan.
DeMatha finally got on the board early in the third period with a goal from forward Spencer Keogh, assisted by forward Garrett Hasken.
Calvert Hall extended the lead again with Dieter's third goal of the night on an assit from Haighly with 3:50 left to go.
The game seemingly out out sight, the Stags suddenly were able to put offensive pressure on Calvert Hall's end of the ice. The late efforts culminated in an unassisted goal from Hasken with 1:03 left in the game. Less than 15 seconds later, the Stags scored again to cut Calvert Hall's lead to 1 with 48 seconds left.
But the effort was not enough. Despite pulling their goalie for an extra man offensive advantage, DeMatha could not find the back of the net for the tying goal.
The Stags fall to 15-18-3 on the season. Calvert Hall improves to 9-12-2 on the season.