The Mound-Westonka Boy’s Hockey team, seeded 3rd in section play, traveled to Parade Ice Arena on Thursday, February 26, to take on Providence Academy. The White Hawks came out on the attack, scoring just 4 minutes into the game when Nick Kuehl took control of the puck at center ice and fed Dan Hoy crossing the blue line. When both defensemen covered Hoy, he slid a nice pass to Kirby Horgan breaking in on the far side, and Horgan put the puck into the upper near corner of the net for a 1-0 White Hawk lead. But with just 1 minute left in the period, Providence tied the game at 1-1 when goalie Aaron Davis made a strong save on a breakaway, but an unguarded “trailer” popped the rebound into the open net.
In the second period, the White Hawks retook a 2-1 lead with 6 minutes to play in the period, when Riley Horgan was controlling the puck in the offensive circle, and saw Kuehl coming in the near side from the defensive point, Horgan hit Kuehl with a perfect pass, and Kuehl fired a quick shot under the goalie’s pads.
The third period was evenly played, until the White Hawks expanded their lead to 3-1 with 5 minutes left in the game. Riley Horgan broke out of the defensive zone on a 2 on 1 with Colin Mayer. Riley took the puck all the way across the offensive blue line, and slid it over to Mayer at the last second, and Mayer made a move to pull the goalie out and tuck the puck in behinds him. With only 5 minutes left in the game, the 3-1 lead seemed safe, but Providence wasn’t done. Just 30 seconds after the White Hawk goal, a defensive lapse left a Providence forward wide open on the far edge of the net, and he tipped in a sharp pass from the near side boards. A minute later, Providence won a face off in the White Hawk end and again found a free man in front of the net to tip in another accurate pass, suddenly tying the game at 3-3 with just 3 minutes left.
Regulation time ended in a 3-3 tie, and the game went into overtime. In the first 8 minute overtime, both goalies made some key saves to keep the game knotted at 3. Then 2 minutes into the second overtime, Colin Mayer was working the puck in the offensive corner and found Nick Kuehl moving into the high center slot, and Kuehl’s slap shot found its way through traffic and into the back of the net for an exciting 4-3 White Hawk double-overtime win.