Moose boys bounce back in game two


After a tough seven-point loss to Sartell, the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake Moose were out for redemption in their home opener against the St. Francis Fighting Saints Tuesday, Dec. 3. The varsity players took the ice following a nail-biter between the junior varsity squads that resulted in a 4-3 Moose victory in overtime.
Even with the home ice advantage, the Fighting Saints managed to take first blood within the first period. However, Monticello junior Drew Brockman quickly responded by scoring a Moose goal and tying the game at 1-1. The score remained the same and the period ended with the Moose having a total of 9 shots on goal and the Fighting Saints with a total of 6.
Just two minutes into the second period, the Fighting Saints successfully put a goal into the Moose net after a face-off win, but the Moose quickly gained the momentum back when Annandale senior Mark Rieger-Borer had a breakaway and drew a St. Francis tripping penalty. While on the power play, Monticello senior Brooke Evans scored to tie up the game yet again. 
The Moose were out for blood upon taking the ice in the third period and their tenacity paid off as Monticello senior Tyler Mros passed the puck to fellow Monticello senior Oliver Winsor who then scored on the St. Francis goalie.
As the clock continued to count down, the teams were getting anxious, as MAML only led St. Francis by one goal. Both the Moose and the Fighting Saints used their time outs in the remainder of the third period. Upon the announcing of the final minute of play the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake fans began to cheer and celebrate; however, their celebrations were premature as a Fighting Saints offensive man scored with just 21 seconds remaining of play, tying it up once again and sending the game into an eight-minute overtime.
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