1/31/2019 4:01:00 PM Chisago Lakes shut out by
Buffalo ahead of NB showdown
Buffalo 3, Chisago Lakes 0 Despite being outshot by the Buffalo Bison 42-15, the Wildcat boys’ hockey team stayed within a goal until early in the third period, when the Bison scored a couple of insurance goals. Several penalties in the period hindered the Wildcats’ chances of coming back and they lost by a score of 3-0. Brooks Stangl played well in goal for the Wildcats, helping to keep them in the game. He stopped 24 of 25 shots in the first two periods and 39 of 42 for the evening. The goalie’s best friends helped out, too, with two or three shots clanging off the crossbar or the pipes. The game was played Saturday, January 26 at Chisago Lakes Arena.
It took the Bison more than half the game before finally getting on the scoreboard, going up 1-0 at the 9:55 mark of the second period. They scored a power play goal at 5:39 of the third period to double their lead to 2-0. A Bison player had a breakaway a little less than a minute later. He was hauled down from behind and the referees correctly awarded him a penalty shot at 6:34. On the penalty shot, the Bison player carried the puck across the left side of the blue line, came straight at Stangl, faked right and pulled the puck bask to the left and shot. Stangl stayed calm, didn’t fully go for the fake and had a big pad waiting to stop the shot and keep the game within two goals. Stangl made a tough save look easy. Unfortunately, the Bison scored five seconds after the ensuing faceoff to go up 3-0. The Wildcats spent time killing off two penalties late in the period and went down to defeat. Whether or not you believe in moral victories, this tough game against a big school was valuable for the Wildcats as they head toward the Section 5A playoffs, where they are one of five teams that has a shot at going to the state tournament this year.
Hockey Hullaballoo Thomas Overgaard, the hero of the Wildcats’ last tenth-of-a-second win over Princeton a couple of weeks ago, leads the team with 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 total points.
The Wildcats (11-10-0) host the St. Francis Fighting Saints (6-12-0) tonight at Chisago Lakes Arena at 7 p.m. in a Mississippi 8 Conference clash. And on Saturday, you had better get to the rink early if you want a seat. The Wildcats will host the North Branch Vikings (13-6-2) at 7 p.m. at Chisago Lakes Arena. Bragging rights and Section 5A playoff seeding will be on the line. When the teams met in early January, the Wildcats outplayed the Vikings for much of the game but lost 5-3, with a late empty-net goal sealing the win for the Vikings.