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BSM overcomes early scare, downs Chanhassen in MWC opener

By BSMHockey.com, 01/07/16, 11:30PM CST


Risteau's hat trick leads Red Knights past Storm.

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- Benilde-St. Margaret's overcame a Chanhassen goal in the game's first two minutes, thanks in large part to Zach Risteau's three-goal performance, and the Red Knights opened Metro West Conference play with a 5-2 win.

The Storm got on the scoreboard first, just one minutes 58 seconds into the game, when Eric Worre poked the puck free while being taken in the left corner of his own zone and Zach Buesgens then backhanded it out of the zone.

Benny Bjerken then outraced the BSM defense, picked up the puck in the Red Knight zone and scored from low in the right faceoff circle.

The hosts would control the remainder of the period and tied the scored just over three minutes later when Luke Horton got the puck from behind the Chanhassen net to Peter Moran in front and he knocked him his sixth goal of the season from the top of the crease.

Before Red Knight fans settled back into their seats, just 27 seconds later, Nick Sims backhanded a pass through the neutral zone to Risteau, who split the Storm defense before putting a backhanded shot through the legs of Taylor Thompson for the go-ahead goal.

Chanhassen struck again early in the second period, just 1:43 into the frame, as Colin Moser took a pass as he crossed the BSM blueline and then scored on a wrist shot from the left side of the slot.

The play in the second period was much more even than the first period but Cade Gleekel finally gave the Red Knights a lead they would not relinquish with 6:53 on the clock.

A series of penalties late in the second period saw BSM opening the final period with a 4-on-3 power play and they took advantage of the opportunity when Gleekel won a faceoff in the right circle of the Chanhassen zone. Risteau picked up the puck and skated to the middle before rifling home his 10th goal of the season.

Risteau then completed his hat trick just before the midpoint of the period when Auggie Moore's pass found him coming in from the right side and his shot from 25 feet out beat Thompson over his glove.

The visitors would not give up, however, as they recorded eight of their nine third-period shots in the game's final six minutes, including a four-shot flurry with just under two minutes remaining in the game.

Ryan Bischel made several spectacular saves to prevent Chanhassen from closing the three-goal gap and finished the and finished the game with 19 saves.

With their unbeaten streak now at 15 games, the No. 1-ranked Red Knights will play their third game in five days, Saturday, when they host Bloomington Jefferson in another Metro West Conference game. Opening faceoff for BSM's final game before a 10-day layoff, is slated for 7 p.m.

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

Peter Moran scored BSM's first goal of the game for the fourth time this season.

Cade Gleekel had his eight game of the season with three or more points versus the Storm.