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3rd Period Comeback Propels White Hawks to Victory

By Laker Correspondent, 12/28/11, 1:00PM CST


 Christmas week was quiet with only one game on the schedule for the MWHS boy’s hockey team with the New Ulm Eagles coming to town Thurs. Dec. 22.

The pace of the game started slowly with both teams skating at what seemed like a sleepy pace. After one period there was no score. Early in the 2nd New Ulm took advantage of a White Hawk penalty just 10 seconds into the period with a power play goal off the ensuing face-off 2 seconds into the man advantage. At 9.51 the Eagles would strike again off a tip in front of the net. The White Hawks could not get on the board despite many opportunities with the Eagle goaltender making 29 saves thru two periods. At the end of the 2nd, MW was down 0-2.

At 1.23 of the 3rd, MW sophomore Hunter Smith ignited the White Hawks on a shot from the left circle after a New Ulm neutral zone turnover. Charlie Curti (Williams,Jack Brandstetter) tied the game at two on a backhand off a Williams pass from the corner at 5.53. Just 10 seconds later MW’s Adam Sjoquist (Griffith,Oborsky) tapped in a loose puck on the near post and the boys were off and running. Smith scored his second of the period with a high backhand from the slot (J.Brandstetter). At 14.27 MW’s Alex Bakke(Brady) found the back of the net with a one timer off a Blake Brady feed from the ½ board. Sjoqust (Blake Brandstetter) rounded out the scoring at 16.40 with a PP goal bouncing one in off the Eagle goalie with a shot from the corner of the rink. Sjoquist’s two 3rd period goals are the senior’s first varsity tallies. The White Hawks 6 third period goals are the most in a period this season. The boys overwhelmed New Ulm with 29 third period shots for 6-2 comeback victory. To date, MW has outscored opponents 23-8 in the 3rd and have reeled off 5 wins in a row for a 7-2 record.  Next up for the boys, at Litchfield Tues. Jan 3 and at home against Delano Thurs. Jan. 5.