Tartan goalie Kyle Kulevich (33) breaks up a scoring attempt by Thief River Falls’ Evan Bushy (6). Kulevich had 40 saves in the Titans’ 2-1 victory over the Prowlers Friday night in Oakdale. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
The Tartan boys' hockey team was reeling from a 7-3 loss to Hastings just three days before Friday's showdown with visiting Thief River Falls.
What a difference one game can make.
In the annual home-and-home matchup between the two programs located more than five hours apart, an early third-period goal by Bo Strecker helped Tartan (2-2-0, 0-1-0) hold on to a one-goal lead for a 2-1 victory.
After enduring a two-game losing streak, the win against the traditional Class 1A power had the Titans cheering as they left the ice for their locker room.
"It's nice to get the first home win of the season and beat a good team like Thief River, ranked higher than you," Strecker said.
Tartan’s Bo Strecker (6) celebrates his third period goal against Thief River Falls Friday night. Strecker’s goal proved to be the game-winner in the Titans’ 2-1 victory over the Prowlers. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
A third-period goal by Bo Strecker was enough to propel Tartan to a 2-1 win over visiting Thief River Falls Friday.
Strecker scored on a backhand in front of the Prowler net just two minutes into the third period.
St. Cloud State University commit Evan Bushy scored the game's first goal six minutes into the first period, giving Thief River Falls (3-2-1) a 1-0 lead. Jacob Schwinghammer responded on a wrist shot goal two minutes later to tie the game at 1-1.
Tartan (2-2-0) killed off five Prowler power plays in the third period to finish the victory.
Titans' goalie Kyle Kulevich stopped 40 shots while Noah Rupprecht made 31 saves for Thief River Falls.
Thief River Falls’ Evan Bushy (6) looks for an open shot against Tartan Friday night. Bushy had a goal in the Prowlers’ 2-1 loss to the Titans in Oakdale. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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