Tigers get past Mankato West in overtime

Published 2:46 am Friday, January 15, 2010

Albert Lea senior forward Tyler Brackey’s calling card this season has been delivering game-winning goals for the Tigers and he was at it again Thursday against Mankato West.

Brackey struck for his third game-winning goal against the Scarlets at the 5:32 mark in overtime to lift Albert Lea (5-8-1) past Mankato West 3-2 at City Arena.

“We had the game pretty much in our favor for most of the game though Mankato played us pretty tough,” said Tigers head coach Roy Nystrom.

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Albert Lea led most of the game after Mason Tuohy and Dillon Stolt scored power-play goals, but Scarlets center Andrew Frentz scored a power-play goal at 10:01 in the third period to tie the game at 2.

Tigers sophomore goaltender Griffin Wangen picked up his first varsity victory by turning away 26 shots and Albert Lea won for the first time since Dec. 29 at the Kiwanis Holiday Festival against Dodge County. The Tigers defeated Duluth Central in a shootout at the tournament, but the game was counted as a tie.

Albert Lea plays Owatonna Thursday in Owatonna.

Albert Lea 3, Mankato West 2 OT

Mankato West 0 1 1 0 — 2

Albert Lea 1 1 0 1 — 3

First Period—1, Albert Lea, Mason Tuohy (David Enstad, J.T. Bellrichard), 1:50 (pp.).

Second Period—2, Albert Lea, Dillon Stolt (Eric Carlson), 5:57 (pp.). 3, Mankato West, Andrew Frentz (Jace Leiferman, Nate Jose), 8:32.

Third Period—4, Mankato West, Frentz (Matt Campbell, Leiferman), 10:01 (pp.).

OT—5, Albert Lea, Tyler Brackey (Tuohy), 5:32.

Shots on Goal—Mankato West 8-11-6-3—28. Albert Lea 15-15-14-6—50.

Goalies—Mankato West, Jake Kaufman (50 shots-47 saves). Albert Lea, Griffin Wangen (28-26).