Moorhead forward Tony Uglem (No. 10) gets his shot by Eden Prairie goalie Derrick LaCombe in overtime, while Eagles defenseman Luke Sudman (No. 27) attempts to slow him down. Photo by Adam Crane
Moorhead's Tyler Uglem takes a shot on Eagles goalie Derrick LaCombe in the Spuds 5-4 win on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. Photo by Adam Crane
When Tony Uglem picked up a loose puck, there wasn't much time left in the overtime period.
In fact there was just seconds.
He corralled the puck and continued to skate in on Eden Prairie Derrick LaCombe, got the shot off and scored with two seconds left in overtime.
"I wasn't sure if I was going to get a shot on net," Tony Uglem said. "I knew it had to be fast though."
"I didn't think he was going to get the shot off," Spuds coach Dave Morinville said. "First of all, he is not the fastest kid on our team. Second, he had one of their guys all over him.
"So i was just surprised he got it off in time."
As soon as Tony Uglem got to the blue line, Eagles defenseman Luke Sudman was on him, doing everything he could to not allow a shot on net.
His effort fell just short though as the puck just got by LaCombe and the Spuds advanced to the semifinals of the Holiday Hockey Classic.
"It was a big relief," Nicholas Uglem, Tony's twin brother said. "We put ourselves in a hole, but we gave us a chance to win and Tony did it for us."
Moorhead was down 3-0 early in the second period, but kept clawing its way back into the game.
It cut the deficit to 4-2 going into the final period an that is when the Spuds comeback began.
Within three minutes into the third, Nicholas Uglem had the game all tied up with two goals in that span.
"Just getting that first one was big," Morinville said. "We needed something and that really helped get our confidence."
On the other side was Eden Prairie, which saw two periods of solid hockey slip away.
"Moorhead is a good team and good teams are capable of doing something like that," Eagles coach Lee Smith said. "It's tough and to have them put it away that late in overtime is hard, but we will have to bounce back."
"Our kids were just resilient today," Morinville said. "They did not give up at all and it showed even on Tony goal. We fought to the last second."
Moorhead proved that as long as there is time on the clock, even against the defending state champions, there is always a chance to make something special happen.
Tony Uglem backed that by fighting for every each, every second, so his team could beat the Eagles.
"When you are down, you just have to keep going," he said. "There was some talking after they scored their third goal and we just picked it up from there and we came away with a win at the end."
Tony Uglem scored with two seconds left in the second overtime period to give Moorhead a 5-4 victory against Eden Prairie in the first round of the Holiday Hockey Classic at the St. Louis Park Rec Center.
Both Tony and Nicholas Uglem, twins, scored twice, while Tony chipped in with two assists, both to his brother.
Eden Prairie had a 3-0 lead at one point early in the second period, but the Spuds never let it get further than that.
The Eagles built their 3-0 lead on goals by Mason Bergh and Brad Boldenow in the first period.
Jack Keeley scored for Eden Prairie early in the second.
Near the midpoint of the second period Tony Uglem and Jesse Doschadis scored 32 seconds apart to pull the Spuds within a goal.
With 1 minute, 31 seconds left in the period, Steven Spinner gave Eden Prairie a 4-2 lead.
Down by two heading into the third, Nicholas Uglem scored two early goals to give Moorhead some life.
The score stayed that way until Tony Uglem popped in the overtime winner.
Eden Prairie's Bergh scored two goals and an assist for a three-point night
Derrick LaCombe made 28 saves for the Eagles while Michael Bitzner also made 28 saves.
Moorhead advances into the semifinals and will play Benilde-St. Margaret's on Thursday, Dec. 29 at the St. Louis Park Rec Center.
Eden Prairie falls to the consolation bracket and will play Centennial, which also lost in overtime, at the St. Louis Park Rec Center.
1. Tony Uglem, Moorhead
His overtime goal with two seconds left would have given him top star credibility, but Uglem backed it up with another goal and two assists in the Spuds victory against Eden Prairie.
2. Nicholas Uglem, Moorhead
When the Spuds were down by two goals in the third, Uglem, the twin brother of Tyler, scored two big, early goals in the third period, which tied the game. Those goals also gave Moorhead some much needed motivation at the time.
3. Mason Bergh, Eden Prairie
Bergh was one of the offensive bright spots for the Eagles with two goals and an assist. He had his hand in the Eagles first three goals.