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Red Knights survive early setback to remain unbeaten

By BSMHockey.com, 02/04/16, 11:00PM CST


Risteau's two goals pace BSM.

CHASKA, Minn. -- Benilde-St. Margaret's gave up an early goal but dominated the remainder of the game to extended their unbeaten streak to 22 games with a 5-1 win at Chaska.

The Red Knights had a 19-3 advantage in shots on goal in the opening period but it was the Hawks who got on the scoreboard first when Cal Pierce got behind the BSM defense and deked Ryan Bischel while cutting to the net from the left before reaching around the Red Knight goalie to score five minutes, eight seconds into the game.

Nick Sims tied the game three minutes later when he camped on the right edge of the Chaska crease before getting a pass from Jacob Holmers before poking hom his fourth goal of the season.

Less than three minutes later, Luke Horton put the visitors ahead to stay when he poked home a loose puck, sending the teams into the first intermission with BSM holding a 2-1 lead.

Shots on goal in the second period were more lopsided in the second period, with the Red Knights holding a 23-2 advantage.

Chaska goalie Ben Urbanciz was up to virtually everything BSM could throw at him but is was Zach Risteau's power-play goal, coming on a rebound of a Nick Austin shot, which finally bested the Hawks' sophomore netminder.

The Red Knights would make it a 4-1 game less than two minutes later when Peter Moran tipped a Shota Yokosuka shot with 2:23 remaining in the middle frame.

The visitors continued to pour on the shots, eventually finishing with a 58-7 advantage, but they would only get one more goal, putting the finishing touches on the victory with 9:33 to play when Risteau banged home a Cade Gleekel rebound for his 15th goal of the year.

Facing just seven shots, Ryan Bischel became just the second goalie in school history to record 20 wins in a season, joining Jake Schuman, who won 21 games in 2000-01.

Next up for the Red Knights is a rematch with Eden Prairie, from which they inherited the state's number one ranking following a 6-5 overtime win, Dec. 11. Now ranked third, the Eagles host BSM, Saturday, at the Eden Prairie Community Center beginning at 7 p.m.

Complete statistics from tonight's game are available here.

Luke Horton scored the eventual game-winning goal as one of his team-leading nine shots on goal.

Nick Austin registered two assists and was +3.