The hockey season is nearing its end and the Buffalo Bison hockey team is hoping to keep its late season momentum building. On Monday, the Bison hosted the St. Francis Fighting Saints in a conference game and continued to build towards the post-season with an impressive 5-1 victory.
Buffalo’s Gunnar Goodmanson made sure that the night started on a positive note. Just 27 seconds into the game, Goodmanson collected a puck in the Bison d-zone and flew by two Saint defensemen on an end-to-end rush. Goodmanson drove hard to the net and beat goalie Judd Bruner low glove side. Head coach Aaron Johnson was impressed by the play. “It was a reminder that Gunnar is such explosive skater, he flies up the ice, and he can finish. He’s is so strong on the rush.”
After the Saints tied the game midway through the first period, Goodmanson combined with Jerame Schuetzle for a beautiful goal. When Goodmanson and Schuetzle crossed lanes on the rush, Goodmanson dropped the puck to Schuetzle, then two defenders followed Goodmanson. That left Schuetzle all alone to open-up and fire a wicked wrister into the top-shelf. The goal gave the Bison a 2-1 lead and proved to be the game winner.
After two goals from the top line of juniors, Buffalo’s seniors provided the rest of the scoring. Hunter Thompson extended his goal scoring streak to three games early in the second period. On the power-play, Thompson scored on a smart goal-front redirection on shot from Casey Anderson. The goal chased Bruner from the game and Logan Garaghty came in relief.
Anderson extended the lead to three on a 3-on-2 midway through second. Anderson fired a rocket from just inside the blueline to beat Garaghty.
Wilson Anderle closed the scoring as he deposited a Michael Sawdey after Sawdey had jumped into an odd-man rush.
The Bison coaching staff was pleased with the effort and execution of the entire team. The staff rewarded game to pucks to the entire lineup. Coach Johnson had praise for both teams, “St. Francis is a team much better than their record shows. They have some very good players and play hard. We just had some things working tonight and we felt we could have scored more.”
Nine Bison skaters collected points in the game. Mikey Otten won his twelfth game, lowered his goal against average to 2.39, and upped his save percentage to .903. Goodmanson extended his lead scoring lead in the Mississippi-8. He now has 23 goals and 20 assists for 43 points and teammate Jake Ramsey is fourth in scoring with 36 points.
With just three regular season games remaining, the Bison travel to Hopkins Thursday evening.