By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
The Knights hockey team came out on the wrong side of a couple of hard fought games last week.
In Monticello, the Knights played at the Moose Sherritt Arena against the Moose, a co-op between Maple Lake, Monticello and Annandale. After no scoring in the first period, the Knights broke through in the second on a Brett Marshall goal (assist by Mitch Bourgerie).
Strong play by the Knights through the first two periods was highlighted by a lopsided shot count (19-8 through two). This trend continued in the third, with the Knights getting another 14 shots on goal for a total of 33.
However, despite being outshot almost two to one, the Moose put a couple in the net when it counted the most. The first came from Oliver Winsor to tie the game in the third (assists by Drew Brockman, Colton Jones). The eventual game winning goal came not even 40 seconds later, scored by Brooke Evans (assists by Jones, Justin Wilson).
The Knights had chances to tie the game down the stretch, but could not close on any of them.
Coach Jerr Johnson gave credit to the opposing goalie.
“He played great for them the whole night, and never gave us a lot,” he said.
The Knights knew they would have to try and bounce back against Buffalo.
Knights lose 6-3 in Buffalo
The Knights traveled to Buffalo for the renewal of a rivalry, but it was the Bison who came out on top.
The Bison grabbed a 2-0 lead on goals by Jerame Schuetzle (assists by Jake Ramsey and Reed Morehouse) and Justin Laven (assists by Morehouse and Gunnar Goodmanson). The Knights cut into the lead on a Logan Nelson power play goal (assist by Connor Spetz), but Buffalo scored twice more in the second to take a 4-1 lead. This time, Loren Lindvall and Hunter Thompson (assists by Schuetzle and Goodmanson) did the damage.
The Knights did not go quietly. Mitch Bourgerie (assist by Brett Marshall) and Connor Spetz (assist by Cory Kackman) cut the lead to 4-3, but Jake Ramsey responded for the Bison (assist by Goodmanson). Jake Michalko added an empty-net goal for a 6-3 Buffalo victory.
“Just one of those games where we probably learned a little bit about being ready to go right from the start,” coach Johnson said. He felt his team was getting better from these learning experiences.
The Knights host Tartan Thursday at the STMA Arena in Albertville.