by Jake Schroer
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
The St. Michael Albertville Knights hockey team scored a pair of eights on the way to two victories last week.
Saturday night, the Knights met St. Francis at the Albertville Arena. The Knights started things with an even-strength goal by Tucker Bjorlin, assisted by Connor Spetz. The lead grew to two just moments later when Brett Marshall scored on an assist from Logan Nelson. The Knights scored both goals in the final minute of the period.
STMA tacked on four more goals in the second period. The first came just 14 seconds in on a goal by Mitch Bourgerie, assisted by Spetz and Hunter Wilcox. Cory Kackman scored the second, with Kevin McDonald and Casey Crandall picking up assists.
A couple of power plays led to goals for St. Francis, but the Knights did not waver. Spetz scored on an assist from Tyler Hayes to make it 5-2. The Saints answered with another goal, but STMA scored once more on a Nelson goal, assisted by Marshall and Hayes, to restore the three goal lead.
St. Francis mustered no more offense after an explosive second period. The Knights added goals from Spetz (short-handed) and Bourgerie (assisted by Cam Fuerstenberg and Matt Kisch) for a final score of 8-3.
Head coach Jerr Johnson felt the game was a nice conference win for his team.
“We are still young on experience and we are slowly becoming more comfortable,” he said.
Knights explode for eight more goals in win at Cambridge-Isanti
STMA followed up its eight goal performance with another Saturday against the Blue jackets of Cambridge-Isanti. This time, the fast start belonged to the Blue Jackets, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead within the first ten minutes of the first period.
Tyler Hayes cut into the lead with a goal late in the opening period (assists by Kevin McDonald, Connor Spetz). In the second, Spetz scored the first of five second period Knights goals on a power play (assists by Jack Kelly and Mitch Bourgerie). Bourgerie tied the game on assists from Brett Marshall and Matt Kisch.
Hayes gave the Knights the lead for good on his second goal of the night (assist from Logan Nelson). Nelson then extended STMA’s lead on a goal of his own (assists by Hayes and Kisch). The lead extended to three when Andrew Benson scored very late in the period (assists by Kisch and Tucker Bjorlin). It was Benson’s first career goal.
The Blue Jackets cut the lead to two in the third period, however the Knights responded with a pair of goals to close out the game. Cory Kackman scored an unassisted goal to make it 7-4, and then Nelson scored his second goal of the game (assist by Spetz) to bring the final score to 8-4.
Coach Johnson said his team got off to a rough start, but rebounded nicely.
“We were happy with how we responded to a lot of adversity in the first (period).”
The victories bring STMA’s record to 3-2. The Knights average 5.2 goals per game. The Knights played Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake on Tuesday and they play Buffalo tonight at 7 p.m. in Buffalo.