ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- After going just 2-for-21 on the power play in their last seven games, with just one goal in their last four games, Benilde-St. Margaret's was looking to gets its power play unit to produce.
The Red Knights scored on two of their first three opportunities versus Bloomington Jefferson and used the early momentum to remain unbeaten (15-0-1) with a 6-2 victory over the Jaguars.
BSM got eight of its 17 first-period shots on goal from the power play and took a 1-0 lead during a 5-on-3 power play when Cade Gleekel won a faceoff in the right circle of the Jefferson zone.
The faceoff win saw Connor Mayer corral the puck at the right point. He moved to the middle of the ice and slid a pass across to Nick Austin at the left point. The Red Knight co-captain wasted no time in stepping up into the left circle and placing a shot low and inside the left post at eight minutes, 25 seconds of the opening frame.
Gleekel got the second power-play goal, with 45 seconds remaining in the opening period, after Austin and Mayer exchanged the puck before getting it to Zach Risteau in the right circle. His shot was stopped by Jaguar goalie Mike Vande Waa, as was Auggie Moore's rebound. However, Gleekel snuck in from the left side and sweep puck behind Vande Waa.
Gleekel made it 3-0 just 2:25 into the second period when he got the puck behind his own net and moved it up the right boards to Risteau, who skated through two zones and behind the Jefferson net before centering the pass to Gleekel, who crashed the slot after trailing the play, who snapped off his 15th goal of the season.
The score remained that way for exactly six minutes before Nick Lindquist's shot from deep in the right corner of the Red Knight zone deflected off goalie Ryan Bischel's pad and into the net.
The 3-1 lead held until BSM expanded to three goals when Jacob Holmers left a drop pass for Peter Heimbold just inside the blue line along the right boards. Holmers then cut to the middle of the ice and took a return pass from Heimbold and buried a shot from the middle of the slot.
That began a three-goal rally for hosts, who had just six shots in the final 17 minutes.
Dylan Hewitt's first goal of the season, coming when Shota Yokosuka found him all alone in front of the net, made it a 5-1 lead and Gleekel gave BSM a five-goal cushion when he rifled home his third goal of the game, from inside the left circle, with 6:43 to play.
Gleekel's four-point performance was his second of the season, and marked his 12th multiple-point game in 15 outings in 2015-16.
Likewise, Risteau's three-assist performance was his second of the season and gave him back-to-back three-point outings after Thursday's hat trick versus Chanhassen.
Besides going 2-for-5 on the power-play, their first multiple-goal performance on the power play in nearly a month, the Red Knights were 7-for-7 on the penalty kill.
BSM will be idle the next nine days before returning to action for their first road game in four weeks when they face 17th-ranked Farmington, Jan. 19, in a 7:30 p.m. game at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
Complete statistics from tonight's game are available here.
Zach Risteau set up three of BSM's first four goals.
Dylan Hewitt's first goal of the season helped seal the Red Knights' win.
Tag(s): Benilde-St. Margaret's