ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- Benilde-St. Margaret's spent nearly half of the third period skating short handed but Charlie Warnert came up with a pair of short-handed goals, the latter into an empty net, as the Red Knight junior varsity won its third consecutive game with a 4-2 victory over Hill-Murray.
The power play was what got BSM going early as Luke Coughlin scored his third goal of the season just three minutes, 52 seconds into the game while the Red Knights had the man advantage.
The Pioneers would tie the game less than five minutes later but, with 2:44 to play in the opening period, Nate Anderson's shot from the right point found the back of the net for a 2-1 BSM lead.
It took the visitors just 16 seconds to even the score at 2-2 and the game would remain that way for the next 21 minutes.
It wasn't until Hill-Murray went on a five-minute power play 2:40 into the final period when the Red Knights regained the lead as Matthew Kocourek sent Warnert on a breakaway and the freshman winger finished the scoring chance for his first goal as a Red Knight.
BSM would cling to that one-goal lead until the game's final minute.
With 1:09 to play, the Pioneers went back on the power play with their goalie pulled for an extra attacker.
Once again, Kocourek set Warnert up the right side and the Red Knight rookie slid home the puck from the right circle into the empty net.
Jonathan Vitelli won his second consecutive start by turning in a 19-save performance as Hill-Murray held a 21-19 edge in shots on goal.
Next up for BSM is its first road game of the year, Saturday, when the Red Knights travel to Eden Prairie for a 5 p.m. game at the Eden Prairie Community Center.
Matthew Kocourek set up both third-period goals.
Tag(s): Benilde-St. Margaret's