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Bloomington Jefferson junior Tyler Johnson beats Prior Lake goaltender Nick Vidmar for the winning goal 55 seconds into the third period. Photo by Loren Nelson

Junior forward Tyler Johnson seized the moment for Bloomington Jefferson to break a tie early in the third period against Prior Lake.

After a fumbled pass by Prior Lake in the Lakers' defensive zone, Johnson scooped the puck and attacked goaltender Nick Vidmar. Johnson pulled the puck through the crease and scored backhand to give undefeated Jefferson (4-0-0) its third, and game-winning, goal in a 5-2 triumph on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Bloomington Ice Garden.

"I took advantage, and ended coming up with the game-winner," Johnson said. "Which I think is special."

Johnson has played well all season scoring goals in three of four games. In the game in which he didn't register a goal, against Chanhassen, he had two assists. 

He was rewarded Tuesday by being moved up to first line against Prior Lake, joining seniors Jono Lindquist and Colin Hernon.

"Tyler's been playing good for us all year," Bloomington Jefferson coach Jeff Lindquist said. "He's got about a goal a game, so he met his average tonight."

-- Trevor Squire, MN Hockey Hub staff


Bloomington Jefferson junior Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal on Tuesday against Prior Lake. Photo by Loren Nelson

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Game Recap

Junior Tyler Johnson, recently promoted to the first line, scored the game-winning goal 55 seconds into third period as Bloomington Jefferson used a strong finish to beat South Suburban Conference rival Prior Lake 5-2 on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Bloomington Ice Garden.

The score was tied at 2 entering the third, but Jefferson rattled off two more late goals after Johnson scored to put the game out of reach.

Senior Jono Lindquist scored with 1:32 remaining for the undefeated Jaguars (4-0-0), and senior Ben Daggett scored 16 seconds later to account for the final score in a game that was tightly contested until the final minutes.

The teams traded goals throughout the first and into the second, with senior Colin Hernon opening the scoring on a power play 1:44 into the first period.

Sophomore Charlie Straus also scored for Jefferson.

Seniors Ben Keckeisen and Joey Kleven scored for Prior Lake (0-3-0).

Prior Lake junior goaltender Nick Vidmar stopped 31 shots, while junior Grant Martens made 34 saves for the Jaguars.

-- Loren Nelson, MN Hockey Hub editor

1. Colin Hernon, Bloomington Jefferson
The gritty senior scored the game-opening goal, added an assist, threw his body around with abandon and flashed his exceptional speed on a Jaguars first line that accounted for three goals.

2. Tyler Johnson, Bloomington Jefferson
The junior came alive early in the third, scoring the goal that would prove to be the winner just 55 seconds into the period. He was recently promoted to the first line with Hernon and Lindquist.

3. Nick Vidmar, Prior Lake
The junior goaltender racked up 31 saves, 19 of them coming in a second-period onslaught by the Jaguars. Vidmar stopped at least two breakaway chances and kept the Lakers in position to pull out a win – or at least force overtime – until the closing minutes.

-- Loren Nelson, MN Hockey Hub editor

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