ST. LOUIS PARK -- Benilde-St. Margaret's scored first and last, but it was came between those goals that proved the Red Knights' undoing in a 4-2 win over seventh-ranked Lakeville North.
The Red Knights put the Panthers back on their heels early when Dylan Hoen was able to get a pass out of his own zone, through a pair of North defenders and onto the stick of Ian Bahr, breaking down the middle of the ice.
Bahr skated in on Panther goalie Carter Springer and beat him on his glove side to give the hosts a 1-0 lead, nine minutes, 24 seconds into the game.
The visitors managed to take the momentum back and into the second intermission when Henry Enebak cleared the North zone during a penalty kill, moving the puck to Blake Brandt on the left side.
Brandt made a move around a BSM defenseman before dropping a pass back to Enebak trailing the play and, one second after killing the Panthers' first penalty of the game, Enebak buried his 12th goal of the season.
The middle period proved to be the key to the game as North used an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal to generate an additional three goals, two of which came from Brandt, as the Panthers took a 4-1 lead into the final period.
That lead would hold up until the game's final six minutes, when BSM ended a seven-game streak without a power-play as Peter Moran scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season by converting a Bronson McLeod rebound with 5:59 to play.
The Red Knights would get several quality scoring chances in the closing minutes but Springer was up to the task, finishing with 19 saves on 21 shots.
Zach Everett returned from a 10-day layoff, due to injury, and made 22 saves for the Red Knights.
BSM is in action again, Thursday, when it takes on defending state champion Wayzata in a 7 p.m. game at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center.
Peter Moran scored BSM's first power-play goal in over a month.
Tag(s): Benilde-St. Margaret's