Senior Kody O'Neill celebrates his first varsity goal
The Bison beat the Mooose 4-2 in Buffalo's open conference game of the season. Buffalo improved to 3-0-1 with the victory.
After a scoreless first period in which the Bison struggled to find consistentcy and momentum, Bison senior Kody O'Neill (1-0-1) opened the scoring midway through the second period. O'Neill tallied his first varsity goal with a beautiful individual play. O'Neill forced a Moose turnover at the blueline, beat a defender wide, and took the puck right at goalie Darien Jones. O'Neill then pulled the puck across the crease and patiently waited out a sprawling Jones before depositing the puck in the open net.
Coach Aaron Johnson was throroughly impressed with the goal. "That was an awesome goal by Kody, a great individual effort," stated Johnson. "The bench got a great lift from the play and we were able to gain momentum through the rest of the period."
Junior Jerame Schuetzle (3-2-5) added to the lead halfway through the third with a power-play goal. Schuetzle took a loose puck off a offensive zone face-off right the the same spot as O'Neill. Schuetzle also went across the crease and scored on a sprawling Jones.
Junior Gunnar Goodmanson (7-3-10) added to his team lead in scoring two minutes later. On the man-advantage, Goodmanson scored on a lightning quick wrap around.
Buffalo seemed to have the game locked up at that point but the Moose didn't quit, MAML scored twice in the final minutes of play.
While the final three minutes were great for the Bison they held on to win. Junior Jake Ramsey scored an empty netter to finish the Bison scoring. Senior goalie Mikey Otten, who has played every minute this season, made 17 saves and improved to 3-0-1.
Hunter Thompson tries to elude a Moose defender