Connor Lenhart wasn't having the best of weekends.

Connor Lenhart wasn't having the best of weekends.

The senior goalie for the St. Charles Preparatory School ice hockey team was between the pipes for a 5-2 loss to Olentangy Liberty last Friday in the Central Hockey Conference opener and was pulled last Saturday trailing Olentangy 6-2.

But everything changed quickly as the Cardinals rallied for an 8-6 win over the Braves and he made 19 saves last Sunday in a 3-2 overtime win against Thomas Worthington.

"When I was on the bench, I sat down and thought about the game and then I forgot about it," said Lenhart, whose team is 9-3 overall and 2-1 in the CHC. "The comeback win (against Olentangy) really helped to clear my mind and all I had to do was worry about (last Sunday). Coach (Art Roehrenbeck) luckily gave me the nod so I could go out there and prove what I could do."

The Cardinals avoided a 0-2 start in league play with the quick reversal against Olentangy.

Charles Lacasse said the outlook was never too grim on the St. Charles bench.

"We were down 6-2, but we knew we still had the second half of the game and we knew that we were capable of scoring four goals to tie it with that much time left," said Lacasse, who had two goals against Olentangy and another against Thomas. "Everyone knew we could pick it up and we went out and were tenacious from that point on."

Sophomore Julien Lacasse and Vince D'Antonio both added two more goals. Eric Cooke and Joe Sweeney scored one goal apiece. Teo Jurapovac had 12 saves and Lenhart had 10.

But last Sunday, both St. Charles and Thomas looked to be skating with an eye on winter break as opposed to winning the final game before an 11-day gap between games.

Neither team scored until Jimmy Danko beat Lenhart for a 1-0 Thomas lead with 3 minutes, 19 seconds left in the third. Charles Lacasse scored 10 seconds later to tie the game at 1, but Tyler Brady gave St. Charles a 2-1 edge with 58.3 seconds left in the third.

Tyler Graham then sent the game into overtime with a Thomas goal with 48.6 seconds to play.

The teams looked to be playing a scoreless overtime, but junior Connor Organ took the puck on a broken play and scored the winner with 18 seconds remaining.

"We only had two or three chances total in the first two periods (last Sunday)," said Roehrenbeck, whose team is off until playing a league game on Jan. 1 at the Dispatch Ice Haus against Dublin Jerome. "But we got two points (last Sunday) and two more (last Saturday).

"We had a lot of adversity (last) weekend and we were able to play through it. If we consistently win two of three games every weekend, we'll be in the Blue Jackets Cup and that's where we want to be."

Last Friday in the loss to Liberty, Charles Lacasse and Julien Lacasse had the goals and Lenhart had 20 saves.

"We know we can win every league game," Charles Lacasse said. "We know that there is no one out there who is going to dominate the league and we know we have a lot of experience and we know we can do well. All we have to do is go out there and play the way we are capable of playing."

St. Charles plays on Jan. 2 against DeSales and Jan. 3 against Gahanna with both games at Chiller Easton. On Jan. 8, the Cardinals play at the Dispatch Ice Haus against Olentangy Orange.