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Late goals help Red Knights escape Woodbury score

By BSMHockey.com, 12/08/15, 11:30PM CST


Gleekel, Moore, set up three goals in 4-2 victory.

Auggie Moore recorded his first career three-point game with three assists in the 4-2 win over Woodbury.

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- Cade Gleekel and Auggie Moore each assisted on three goals and two goals, late in the third period, helped third-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret's fend off a pesky Woodbury squad, 4-2.

The win was the Red Knights' sixth in a row to open the season and came in the team's 2015-16 home opener and, early on, the game looked like it would be all BSM.

Zach Risteau took a pass from Gleekel, low in the right circle, and blasted a one-timer into an open net before Royal goalie Lucas Orf could slide from post to post to stop the shot.

Taking a lead just four minutes, one second into the game, and with a 12-3 advantage in shots on goal through the first 17 minutes, made the game look like a BSM rout.

However, ever employing a neutral trap in the opening period, Woodbury came out on the attack in the second period and it paid off when Zach Risteau was called for hooking, at 12:21, and, 51 seconds later, Ben Wahlin knocked in a rebound to tie the scored.

Before the period was out, however, the Red Knights regained the lead when Moore picked up the loose puck on the right-wing boards, threw a pass through the slot to Bronson McLeod in the left circle and, from there, the BSM defenseman deposited his first goal as a Red Knight.

BSM escaped the second period with a 2-1 lead despite being outshot by Woodbury, 10-9, and with the Royals holding a 16-12 advantage in faceoffs won.

They carried that momentum into the third period and caught a break when Lucas Erickson threw a puck in front of the BSM goal and it deflected off a Red Knight player and past goalie Ryan Bischel to tie the score just 2:22 into the final frame.

The score remained that way for over five minutes until the BSM third-line got the equalized as Shota Yokosuka carried the puck into Woodbury zone before leaving a between-the-legs drop pass for Nick Austin at the left point.

Austin's shot on goal rebounded out to the slot where Yokosuka made sliding attempt at a rebound but the puck trickled to Peter Moran, who buried his fourth goal of the season to put the hosts on top for good.

For good measure, Connor Mayer scored on a shot from the left point with 3:27 to play in the game to seal the victory.

On the strength of their first period, the Red Knights held a 31-23 advantage in shots on goal. Bischel made 21 saves in recording his sixth win of the season.

The win sets up an early season showdown with top-ranked and unbeaten Eden Prairie, which defeated Cretin-Derham Hall tonight to remain unbeaten at 4-0-0.

The two teams will faceoff, Friday, at the St. Louis Park Rec Center at 7 p.m.

Complete statistics for tonight's game can be found here.