FARGO — Typically you simply want a bit of luck.
That was definitely the case for the Fargo Davies boys hockey group in opposition to Fargo South/Shanley on Tuesday evening.
Regardless of being outshot 40-19 and the Bruins controlling play for a lot of the night, each rebound appeared to go the way in which of the Eagles, together with a very powerful one late within the recreation.
Scoreless impasse with simply 15 seconds to play in regulation, it was Davies senior ahead Jobe Freier discovering the again of the web on a rebound to ship the Eagles to an exciting 1-0 win and spectacular #2 ranked South/Shanley at Farmers. Union Insurance coverage Middle.
Freier beat Bruins senior goaltender Noel Olsonawski with the rebound coming off an preliminary shot by senior defenseman Jack Bullinger. Freier’s seventh tally of the season could not have come at a greater time.
“We labored onerous in apply,” Freier mentioned. “Lastly getting that off my shoulders – it was a tough yr and a troublesome time getting the puck within the web. However we labored onerous so it felt good.”
Freier mentioned he noticed the rebound all the way in which.
“I noticed (Bullinger) crash the web and simply stayed with the puck,” Freier mentioned. “I used to be simply prepared for it, stick on the ice, and I used to be able to bury it.”
The Eagles improved to 8-8-1 on the season whereas South/Shanley suffered simply its third lack of the yr, falling to 15-3-0.
Davies head coach Nate Metcalf mentioned he knew going into it that the high-powered Bruins could be a tall process to beat. The Eagles dropped a 4-1 choice to South/Shanley earlier within the season.
“It is good to get a bit of little bit of luck,” Metcalf mentioned. “We actually needed to. Understanding that, our recreation plan was to shoot pucks in and I believed we executed rather well. I knew we had been going to overshoot and I believe that is how we’ll need to play from right here. A bit playoff fashion .”
Puck luck with robust efficiency in web has the potential to be a profitable mixture.
Eagles sophomore goaltender Gavin Erickson performed a robust recreation between the pipes. Forty photographs got here his means and Erickson stopped all 40 for his first profession varsity shutout.
“He is a younger child and he is taking part in higher and higher each recreation we put him on the market,” Metcalf mentioned. “He performed with plenty of composure and confidence and it positively helped settle down the blokes on the bench.”
“He labored onerous in apply,” Freier added. “He has a constructive perspective that he brings. This was massive for him and I believe his confidence will improve now.”
Photographs had been 12-5 in favor of the Bears after one interval of play. South/Shanley outscored Davies 17-4 within the center body, thanks partly to Erickson and his Eagles teammates having to fend off two Bruins energy play alternatives. The primary was a foul on Davies junior ahead Luke Lorenz and the second approaching a tripping name on senior ahead Grant Matter.
The shot whole was almost even within the ultimate interval, with South/Shanley holding an 11-10 benefit. Neither aspect had a power-play probability within the third, with the one penalties assessed offsetting roughing minors and one other roughing minor on the ultimate buzzer.
Olsonawski completed with 18 saves in web for the Bruins.
South/Shanley hosts Grafton/Park River (6-9-1) on Saturday at 2:15 pm Davies visits Devils Lake (3-14-0) subsequent Tuesday at 7:30 pm
Metcalf mentioned he hopes Tuesday’s consequence in opposition to the Bruins will function a turning level for the remainder of the season.
“All yr we have misplaced plenty of shut ones,” Metcalf mentioned. “We did not get the luck or the rebounds we had been hoping for, and hopefully this recreation and the final 4, we maintain selecting up some factors.”
FIRST PERIOD: No scoring
SECOND PERIOD: No scoring
THIRD PERIOD: 1, FD, Freier (Bullinger), 16:45.
SAVES: FS, Olsonawski 5-4-9—18. FD, Erickson 12-17-11—40.