The Buffalo Bison cruised passed the Coon Rapids Cardinals Saturday night, winning 4-0 in the Cardinals spectacular new arena.
Playing in their third tilt of the season, the Bison took advantage of the Cardinals playing in their first game. Coach Aaron Johnson challenged his team before the game. “The staff wanted to see the team get off to a fast start as
“We also wanted to win special teams for the game. Both things happened the first period and continued through most of the game,” Johnson explained.
Senior co-captain Justin Laven scored his second goal of the season to open the scoring just 90 seconds into the contest. Laven blew a slap-shot from the top of the right circle past the Cardinals’ Zach St. John. Forwards Dylan Kumlin and Wilson Anderle assisted on the goal.
The Bison scored their first power-play goal of the season just 90 seconds later. Gunnar Goodmanson continued his torrid scoring pace by knocking home a Reed Morehouse rebound. Morehouse beat
The Bison finished what coach Johnson called “our best period of the young season” outshooting
The second period saw the Bison continue their strong play. Senior co-captain Anderle scored his first of the season in the second minute of play. On a quick transition, Anderle streaked out of the
Junior forward Jerame Schuetzle finished the scoring on a beautiful feed from Goodmanson. Goodmanson out-worked the Cardinal defenders against the back wall, spun away from two checkers, and fed a cross-crease pass for an easy tap-in by a well-positioned Schuetzle.
Goalie Mikey Otten earned his first shutout of the season while making fifteen saves and upped his record to 2-0-1.
While the Bison’s play regressed slightly during the late second and early third period,
Game pucks went to Anderle, Otten, and hardworking senior forward Jordan Carlson.