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Tom Mix, Published December 11 2012

Carey scores OT goal to help Moorhead top Roseau in boys hockey

MOORHEAD – Prior to its overtime period with Roseau on Tuesday, the Moorhead boys hockey team planned on throwing everything it had left at the Rams.

The Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 rivals sparred the entire length of regulation and the first six minutes of overtime, but it was Moorhead that earned the 4-3 win at the Moorhead Sports Center.

Senior forward Thomas Carey scored the game-winning goal off a deflection in front of the net 6 minutes, 10 seconds into overtime.

The deflection was off a shot on the point by sophomore defenseman Alex Mehnert, which was set up by a pass from junior forward Aaron Herdt. Mehnert and Herdt were credited with assists on the play.

“The goal was an executed game plan,” Moorhead head coach Peter Cullen said. “We wanted to throw everything at the net we could.”

Carey said Mehnert “ripped it” and he “tipped it”.

“That was a huge goal,” Carey said. “It was very exciting at the end there. I just feel really good that I was lucky enough to get it.

“Normally overtime games come down to grinding goals. We were just trying to get on net and get rebounds. Fortunately, it worked out well.”

Not much was working well for No. 14-ranked Moorhead (5-1-0, 3-0-0 Section 8) at the end of the second period and beginning of the third. The Spuds squandered a 2-1 lead when Roseau’s Alex Strand got a goal past Moorhead goalie Peter MacFarlane with 25 seconds left in the second period.

The No. 11-ranked Rams (3-2-1, 1-1-0) began the third period on a power play and scored 40 seconds in. Zach Yon’s goal gave Roseau a 3-2 lead, but the Spuds evened it up 49 seconds later with a goal from senior forward Leif Johnson.

“The momentum was in our favor there and it would have been nice to keep building on that, but credit Moorhead for battling back and tying it up,” Roseau head coach Andy Lundbohm said. “The overtime was pretty even back and forth. They just ended up with one more shot.”

Both teams had chances to win it in regulation. Herdt had a shot hit the crossbar with 30 seconds left and Yon had a wrist shot gloved by MacFarlane with 18 seconds left in the third.

MacFarlane finished with 28 saves for the Spuds.

“I was just trying to do what I could do,” said MacFarlane who also made a big glove save in overtime. “That first one I didn’t guess, I reacted. … I was just trying to do my part.”

Cullen was pleased with MacFarlane’s efforts.

“I’m so happy for Peter,” Cullen said. “He hasn’t had the chance to shine playing behind Michael Bitzer last year. … It is big for his pride and his confidence.”

The word “big” was echoed by McFarlane summing up the win.

“This is a big win,” MacFarlane said. “It is really good for section seeding. We want to play that section semifinal game at home. … We like beating these guys more than anybody. They are our rival and it has been us and them almost the last 20 years. … It is big.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, A. Uglem, (Weiss, N. Uglem), :45. 2, R, Helgeson, (Halstensgard, Bjugson), 2:28. 3, M, Herdt, 10:52.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, R, Strand (Halstensgard, Bjugson), 16:35.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, R, Yon, (Strand, Okeson), :40. 6, M, Johnson, (Herdt, Carey), 1:29.

OVERTIME: 7, M, Carey, (Mehnert, Herdt), 6:10.

SAVES: R, Anderson 9-12-9-2–32. M, MacFarlane 9-6-9-4–28.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562