Brandon Alexander was able to keep a promise and deliver his mother, Julie, a 40th birthday present Wednesday night, Jan. 24.
That present was a goal in the Farragut High School hockey club’s 8-0 victory over the Knoxville Knights at Cool Sports Home of the Icearium.
“We were at dinner at Connors before the game and I didn’t get her a gift,” said Alexander, who scored a short-handed marker with four minutes remaining in the second period. “I told her I would get her a goal, and it feels really good.”
Alexander’s tally was one of a pair of memorable goals against the Knights (3-4-1).
Sophomore defenseman Abby Lin had a memorable night, scoring her first career high school goal with 10.5 seconds left in the game.
“This feels really good but my mom didn’t come to the game and she told me that I better not score when she wasn’t here,” Lin said after the Admirals, the defending Blue Division state champions, improved to 8-0 this season in Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association High School League play.
“We usually don’t make a big deal about celebrating goals but the boys were all really happy for her,” Farragut head coach Jeff Lindsay said. “She’s a great kid and she’s a hard worker.”
Farragut, which led in shots-on-goal 38-9, took a 1-0 lead when Jason Kinneary tallied with 4:51 left in the inaugural stanza.
In the third frame, Farragut stayed on the attack and would prove too much for tired Knights goaltender Macarty Bargiel to tame, as it scored six times in the final stanza.
Kenny Richter scored twice in the period. Corey Lindsay, Kevin Peirce, Lin and Ryan Priess all added single goals in the third frame for the Ice Admirals.