Tom Mix, Published February 01 2014
Davies skates to overtime boys hockey win over Bismarck
Extra time – 1 minute, 40 seconds to be exact – was needed for the Eagles to post a 3-2 win over Bismarck at Scheels Arena.
“Overtime was a little new for us and to come out on top was big,” Fargo Davies head coach Brian Davidson said.
Senior forward Alek Groth scored the game-winning goal for Davies (14-4-0).
“I was trying to pass the puck to Zach Boor, but it hit his leg and went in,” Groth said. “Bismarck High is a great team and it is always scary to play a team like them in overtime.”
After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first period with a power-play goal from Boor, Davies fell behind 2-1 with 6:32 left to play when Bismarck’s Quinn Irey got a shot past Eagles goaltender Alex Kruger.
Junior defenseman Cody Haiskanen tied the game 2-2 scoring with 2:55 left.
Davies started the overtime period on the power play and Groth’s goal came just seconds after it expired.
“We kept the puck in their offensive zone and the power play had a lot to do with that,” Davidson said. “Playing in their offensive zone put pressure on their goaltender. The goals that are scored in overtime are never pretty. We kept putting the puck on net and got one in.”
Bismarck (15-4-0) outshot Davies 42-30 in the game, but had to overcome several penalties including one of the five-minute checking from behind variety.
The Demons played several stretches of the second period shorthanded, but senior forward Brandon Gieszler tied the game 1-1 with a goal 40 seconds before the second intermission.
“I thought we played well,” Bismarck head coach Mike Peluso said. “Killing a five minute penalty is always tough, but Davies is a good team. It really is wide open this year with a lot of teams vying for the same thing.”
Kruger finished with 40 saves for the Eagles.
FIRST PERIOD: 1, FD, Boor, (Haiskanen, Pallen), 9:07 (pp).
SECOND PERIOD: 2, B, Gieszler, (Eckman, Evanson), 16:20.
THIRD PERIOD: 3, B, Irey, (Kautzman, Spooner), 10:28 (pp). 4, FD, Haiskanen, (Groth, Nereson), 14:05.
OVERTIME: 5, FD, Groth, (Bischof), 1:40.
SAVES: B, Malkmus 7-711-8-1–27. FD, Kruger 14-12-13-1–40.
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