FAIRPORT — Talk about pressure. Freshman Penn Yan goalie, Griffin Emerson, got his first career start at the varsity level Tuesday against one of the top Class A teams in the state- Fairport High School.
Starting goaltender, Jeff Kinyoun injured his shoulder in practice this week and will be out of commission for undetermined amount of time.
Penn Yan, who plays in Class D, fell behind early in Tuesday’s game and trailed 3-0 at halftime.
Head coach Brian Hobart and assistant coach Harry Queener re-evaluated the situation and spoke with their players during the break.
It resulted in two scores, one by Conner Fingar and the other by Ayden Mowry to cut into the lead. After three quarters the score stood at 3-2.
Fairport was able to get back on the scoreboard and extend their lead in the fourth quarter but the Mustangs fought back and tallied another courtesy of their captain, Fingar.
During the final five minutes of the game each team stepped up their defense.
With 1:26 left remaining, Fairport was assessed a foul putting Penn Yan in a man up situation for 30 seconds.
They were unable to capitalize on the penalty and ultimately time ran out before they could tie the score and send to overtime.
Emerson ended the game with 11 saves and a 73% save percentage. His opponent, Tim Defendis had five saves.
Penn Yan is now 10-5 this season with all the losses by only one goal each, including two of those in overtime.
Fairport extended their record to 13-2.
The two teams have played a total of 16 times with Penn Yan winning seven of those years.
Coach Hobart was extremely pleased with his team’s performance and they way they gutted it out in the second half. He told them it sets them up nicely for the Class D Sectional tournament that starts next week.
The Mustangs close out their regular season Thursday against Class B Webster Thomas.