The MW boys hockey team traveled the weekend of Dec 3 for games against Warroad and Lake of The Woods. Friday at Warroad marked the host Warriors first game of the season. Sophomore goalie Andy Seats made his 1st varsity start for MW and played a solid game.
The first period started slowly as the visitors shook off the effects of an all day bus ride to the Canadian border. Warroad outshot MW 7-1 the first 9 minutes of the period and opened the scoring on a power play goal at 5.47 on a high shot in the upper left corner of the net leading at the end of the first 1-0. Our boys knotted the score at one on a pretty goal by Riley Williams. Jack Brandstetter skated the length of the ice on the right wing, fed a pass to Kirby Horgan who slid the puck over to Williams and he buried the puck into the back of the Warrior net. Warroad took the lead when Carson Gray banged one home past Seats on a hard shot from the top of the right circle. Warroad took a 3-1 lead when the MW defense collided at the blue line giving Warrior defenseman Hayden Timm a breakaway on the MW goalie.
The White Hawks came roaring back in the 3rd with goals by Joe Graphenteen and Blake Brady (Bradys 1st varsity goal) to tie the score at 3. Unfortunately Warroad scored the go ahead goal with 1.03 remaining to take the lead. Coach Runke pulled the goalie and MW had several chances to score at the end of the game. Final, Warroad 4, White Hawks 3.
Satuday afternoon at Baudette, MW played in what may be the coldest rink in the state! The first period was scoreless with MW holding the edge in play with consistent pressure and MW goaltender David Engel making 2 point bank saves in the period.
The White Hawks continued pressure in the 2nd and were able to kill off a LOW 2 man power play late on the period. MW took a 1-0 lead with 1.3 seconds left in the period when Riley Wiliams shot a rebound past LOW goalie Alex Lyon after a slap shot from Will Griffith on the right point.
LOW tied the score at one with just under 5 minutes left and the game went into ot. Both the last 4 minutes of the 3rd and ot were skated at a furious pace with with MWs Engel and LOWS Lyon making many spectacular saves. Final, a 1-1 tie.
Next up for MW, Sat Dec 11 Providence Acad. 3pm and Thurs Dec 16 St Michael/Albertville 7pm. Both at home/Thaler arena.