Moose lose, bounce back in landslide


After their Tuesday, Jan. 7, game against Sauk Centre was delayed due to below-zero temperatures, the Moose took the ice on Thursday, Jan. 9, in East Bethel to battle once again with the St. Francis Fighting Saints. The Moose played against the Fighting Saints at home in early December and came out with an exciting 4-3 overtime win. For their second encounter, the St. Francis players were determined to take revenge on the Moose and their determination paid off with a 6-2 win for the home team.
The game began very slowly with nothing but three penalties within the first period: Maple Lake’s Justin Wilson for slashing, Monticello’s Nick Johnson for roughing and St. Francis for high-sticking. With the score 0-0 and the shots on goal count 8-5 in the Fighting Saints’ favor, both teams knew they needed to turn it up a notch in the second period if they wanted to head home victorious. 
Both teams seemed to fire up upon taking the ice for the second period; however, the Fighting Saints were able to take the momentum early in the second period by scoring on MAML goalie Nathan Isaacson. The St. Francis goal was answered by a Moose goal scored by Monticello’s Colton Jones, but that goal was answered yet again by another St. Francis goal making the game 2-1 in favor of the Fighting Saints at the end of the second period.
With a one-point lead on the scoreboard, the Fighting Saints had both the momentum and the scoreboard on their side starting the third period and with that momentum they managed to score four more goals on the Moose. The MAML Moose stayed tenacious at first and managed to score another goal; however, their efforts were not great enough and the game ended with a 6-2 victory for the Fighting Saints.
Following a tough four-point loss against the St. Francis Fighting Saints, the MAML Moose entered their away game against the North Branch Vikings determined to not only win, but win by a landslide. With a shut-out for senior goalie Darien Jones and a nine-point victory for the Moose, it can be said that their landslide goal was met during last Saturday’s game.
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