Zach Risteau set up three goals in the Red Knights' win over Moorhead.
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- Cade Gleekel scored just 16 seconds into the game and No. 1 Benilde-St. Margaret's never looked back, rolling to a 6-1 win over Moorhead.
Zach Risteau made a drop pass as he cut from the right side to the middle for Gleekel in right circle and the Red Knights' goal-scoring leader wasted no time in snapping a shot over the should of Spud goalie Carter Krier for the game's first goal.
Neither team enjoyed a plethora of scoring chances but the Red Knights cashed in on a pair in the opening period.
The second time came when Gleekel picked off a Moorhead pass in the right faceoff circle and gave the puck to Auggie Moore, who made a deke move before putting the puck under Krier at 7:45 of the opening frame.
The Spuds got the game's first power-play opportunity when Risteau was whistled for hooking at 3:50 of the second period but it was the Red Knights who cashed in when Jerry Calengor poked the puck loose at his own red line and raced the length of the ice to score his third short-handed goal of the season.
Moorhead would get another power-play chance barely a minute after its first opportunity ended and, despite not converting during the two-minute advantage, the Spuds scored three seconds after the penalty ended when Carter Randklev picked up a rebound to the right of the BSM net and passed back to Jack Fahrendorf, who wristed home his team-leading fifth goal of the season from the inner edge of the right circle.
Just over a minute later, Risteau carried the puck from behind the Moorhead net into the left corner, passed the puck to Nick Austin at the right point and, for the third consecutive game, Austin scored, giving the hosts a 4-1 lead heading into the final period.
BSM outshot its guests, 15-6, over the final 17 minutes and buried the Spuds with two goals in the first 4:04 of the final frame.
Gleekel scored his second of the game when he took a pass from Risteau, behind the net, and scored from just outside the crease and Jacob Holmers capped the scoring 4:04 into the final period when he banged home a loose puck.
The Red Knights had a 30-17 advantage in shots on goal with Ryan Bischel earning his state-leading ninth win of the season by stopping 11 of the 12 shots he faced. Max Bernstein made his second appearance of the season, playing the final 7:20 of the game and stopping all five shots he faced.
The Red Knights return to action Tuesday when they face Hopkins in a 7 p.m. contest at the Hopkins Pavilion before a six-day respite from action over the Christmas holiday.
Complete statistics for tonight's game are available here.
Tag(s): Benilde-St. Margaret's