The Minnesota River Bulldogs boys hockey team had its six-game win streak snapped by Waseca last Thursday, Feb. 11, in a 5-4 overtime loss.
Waseca took an early lead, as Kyle Ahlschlager quickly netted two goals, giving Waseca a 2-0 lead just under three minutes into the game.
The Bulldogs quickly adjusted, however, and evened things up by the end of the first period with goals from Reece Weydert and Brady Sowder.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the second when Brendan O’Keefe, with an assist from Jake Rimstad and Connor Bjorling, scored five minutes into the period.
Waseca started the third period in similar fashion to the first. Leo Harguth evened the game up 3-3 just 1:16 into the period, and teammate Griffen Krautkramer netted the team’s fourth goal just 22 seconds later.
The game was tied for the third time when O’Keefe, with an assist from Dylan Hunt, scored with a little more than 10 minutes to go in the period.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were unable to net the game-winning goal before the period ended, and the game went into overtime.
O’Keefe wound up in the penalty box for high-sticking in overtime, and Waseca took advantage of the power play when Charlie Huttemier found the back of the goal to give the Bulldogs just its second loss of the season.
The Bulldogs were outshot 41-29 in the loss. Mitch Kotek took the loss in the net with 36 saves.
Winning Six in a Row
Prior to Thursday’s loss, the Bulldogs extended its win streak to six with a 2-1 win over Worthington on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
The game started slow and the Bulldogs had some missed passes that resulted in a scoreless first period.
“We were trying to do a bit too much instead of keeping things simple,” head coach Shea Roehrkasse said. “Worthington did a nice job of bottling up the middle and taking away some of our space to complicate things as well.”
Worthington took a 1-0 lead early in the second but did not manage anything more after that.
O’Keefe used an assist from Sowder to tie the game with just one second left on the clock in the second period.
“The last second goal at the end of the second period was a huge momentum swing for us heading into the third period,” Roehrkasse said.
Ethan Hathaway saved the game in the third period, when he scored off an assist from Seth Reicks and Rimstad.
“Ethan has been doing a great job stepping up and working hard. His game winning goal tonight was a beautiful pass and play between him and Seth that we really needed,” Roehrkasse said.
The Bulldogs outshot Worthington 35-26 in the win. Logan Moe earned the win in the net with 25 saves.
“Logan Moe was absolutely huge for us tonight. He kept us in the game in a lot of tight spots and allowed us to find a way to pull out a tight one,” Roehrkasse said.
The Bulldogs had a chance for revenge as they were scheduled for a rematch with Waseca on Tuesday night, Feb. 16, in Le Sueur. (Results were not available by press time.)
They will be welcoming New Ulm to the Le Sueur Community Center on Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. and then traveling to New Ulm for a game next Tuesday, Feb. 23.