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BSM rallies from early deficit to down Jefferson

By BSMHockey.com, 01/23/16, 11:00PM CST


Connor Mayer scores tie-breaking and game-winning goals.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Bloomington Jefferson scored a fluke goal early in the opening period but Benilde-St. Margaret's responded by scoring twice late in the period and went onto a 5-2 Metro West Conference win.

The game started off similarly to the teams' last meeting, Jan. 9, as the Jaguars open the scoring by banking in a shot off of goalie Ryan Bischel.

The opening goal, five minutes, 24 seconds into the game, came when Bischel stopped A.J. Robbel's shot from the right point. Noah Ganske picked up the rebound on the right side of the net and his shot, which Bischel appeared to have stopped, wound up in the net.

The Red Knights evened the scored with 5:40 to play in the opening period when Cade Gleekel made a backhand pass off the right boards to Connor Mayer, who had just come off the bench, crossing into the Jefferson zone.

He quickly snapped a pass to Risteau, who had been left unattended in the right corner, in the right circle and the BSM co-captain rifled a shot past Mike Vande Waa for his 12th goal of the season.

Late in the period, Jefferson would take a pair of penalties, including a major, and the Red Knights took advantage of the 5-on-3 power play.

Mayer and Nick Austin generated several shots while working the puck from the points. Austin had a shot blocked in the slot, got the puck back and gave it to Mayer at the right point and he finally buried the puck to send the visitors into the locker room with a 2-1 lead.

Mayer's second goal came as the Red Knights held the puck in the offensive zone for an extended period of time before Gleekel got the puck in the right circle.

Seeing Mayer open at the left point, Gleekel threw the puck across the slot and Mayer broke into the left circle, where he one-time the puck for his fifth goal of the season.

The game broke open when Shota Yokosuka scored his second goal of the season as Jacob Holmers tipped a rebound to him in the left circle, giving BSM a 4-1 lead.

Gleekel, who had assisted on the Red Knights' first three goals, would then score his team-leading 18th goal of the season at 4:16 of the final period, taking a pass in the top of the slot from Jerry Calengor before beating Vande Waa low to his glove side.

After giving up the game's first goal, Bischel was solid in goal for BSM as the Red Knights overtook the Jaguars and moved out to the four-goal lead. The Jaguars would get one more goal, with 1:43 to play, but Bischel finished with 19 saves for his state-leading 17th win of the season.

Top-ranked BSM returns home, Tuesday to face second-ranked Minnetonka, in a 7 p.m. game at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. It will be one of three games for the Red Knights next.

Complete statistics from tonight's game are available here.

Cade Gleekel turned in a four-point performance to extend his scoring streak to 18 games.

Zach Risteau's goal tied the game at 1-1 and he also added a pair of assists.

Shota Yokosuka helped break the game open with his second-period goal.