Tigers take revenge against HuskiesPublished 3:36am Friday, January 24, 2014
In its second game of the season, the Albert Lea boys’ hockey team suffered a 2-1 home loss against Owatonna in overtime.
On Thursday, the Tigers took revenge on the road.
The two teams battled to a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation, and a short-handed goal by Alex Claassen on a pass from Van Zelenak gave Albert Lea a 3-2 overtime win.
The Tigers broke the ice 5 minutes into the game at even strength with a goal by Lucas Peterson on a pass from Andrew Thompson.
Owatonna tied the game late in the first period.
Peterson responded by threading another shot into the net 4 1/2 minutes into the second period to give Albert Lea a 2-1 lead.
Van Zelenak earned the assist.
Two minutes later, Owatonna tied the game with a short-handed goal that eventually forced overtime.
Zelenak’s second assist came in the extra period. This time, he found Claassen who lit the lamp to get the Tigers back to .500.
Neither team scored a power-play goal.
Albert Lea outshot Owatonna 13-8 in the first period, but the Huskies outshot the Tigers in the other three periods. In overtime, Owatonna had seven shots on goal, while Albert Lea only had one.
Owatonna had 15 minutes in the box with six infractions, and Albert Lea cooled off for 10 minutes on five infractions.
Next, the Tigers (7-7-1 overall, 4-4 Big Nine Conference) host Faribault at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.