BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- After a scoreless first 24 minutes, Bloomington Jefferson scored twice in less than a minute and handed Benilde-St. Margaret's a 5-2 loss in a Metro West Conference contest.
For the Red Knights, it was the first loss in the MWC after they had gone unbeaten in winning the first two conference titles in 2015 and 2016.
Midway through the second period, the Jaguars scored twice, just 59 seconds apart, to take a 2-0 lead and they would maintain that lead.
BSM cut the lead in half when the Red Knights caught Jefferson on a line change and Bronson McLeod flipped the puck up the left side to Joe Collins, who entered the Jaguar zone 2-on-0 with Dylan Hoen.
Collins looked for a centering pass while coming off the boards and, when Jefferson goalie Evan Redepenning committed to covering that pass, Collins stopped and buried his second goal of the season with 4:15 to play in the middle stanza.
The score remained that way until the middle of the third period when penalties threatened to catch up with the hosts.
While beginning a penalty kill which would last nearly seven minutes, Hunter Jacobs got loose behind the BSM defense and gave his team a 3-1 lead via a short-handed goal with 8:33 to play.
Joe Collins scored both Red Knights goals versus the Jaguars.
Before Cole Jungwirth's penalty, which created that short-handed situation, ended, Jefferson's Noah Ganske was whistled for a cross-checking penalty and Carter Eha was given a major penalty for a check from behind and the Red Knights were staring at a 5-on-3 power play.
It took just 27 seconds to get back to within one goal of the lead when Collins tipped a shot by McLeod from the middle of the slot, cutting the lead to one goal with 4:33 of power-play time remaining.
The hosts then buckled down and were able to maintain their 3-2 lead, forcing BSM to eventually pull goalie Zach Everett for an extra attacker.
The Jaguars were able to take advantage of the empty net when Alex Miller deposited the first of two empty-net goals with 1:41 to play and Tristan Larson sealed the win with another empty netter with 43.1 seconds to play.
The Red Knights will look for their first conference win of the season, Saturday, when they return to the Bloomington Ice Garden for a 3 p.m. game with Bloomington Kennedy.
Tag(s): Benilde-St. Margaret's