Furious 3rd-period rally by Red Wing helps down Albert Lea in OT
Published 8:36 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Albert Lea boys’ hockey team dropped two one-goal games to the Red Wing Wingers in the regular season.
But fresh off a 9-3 win over Faribault in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday, the Tigers were hoping to keep the offense clicking when the two teams faced each other Thursday night in Red Wing.
Albert Lea’s Bergan Lundak and Red Wing’s Seth Cushing each had hat tricks for their respective teams.
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But it was a four-goal third period from Red Wing and the Wingers’ Tyler DeFore who ended the Tigers’ season when he scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime, 6-5.
Scoring was on the menu, as Albert Lea got up by three goals only to watch the lead disappear as Red Wing scored in the closing seconds of the third period to send the game into overtime.
It didn’t take long for that offense to click for Albert Lea.
The Tigers got on the board just 2:39 into the game thanks to a power play goal from Lundak.
The goals would continue to come quickly for the Tigers.
Albert Lea scored just moments later when Sam Chalmers beat Red Wing goalie Zach Harding to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. But Red Wing would answer back with a goal from Cam Blue.
The Tigers’ offense was not to be stopped, though.
Just before the end of the first period, with two seconds remaining, Lundak scored his second power play goal of the game to give Albert Lea a 3-1 lead.
The Tigers would widen that margin to 4-1 in the second period when Michael Savelkoul rattled one in off the post.
Lundak completed his hat trick in the third period to put the Tigers back up three goals, 5-2.
The Wingers would buckle down, though, and they started to score.
Cushing scored two goals in two minutes, and with 24 seconds left in the game, DeFore scored to tie the game.
Just over six minutes into the second overtime, DeFore beat goalie Ben Witham to end Albert Lea’s season and send the Tigers home.
Red Wing outshot Albert Lea 52-33, and Albert Lea outscored the Wingers on the power play, 2-1.
The Tigers were outshot in the overtime periods, 15-8.
Albert Lea ends the season with a record of 13-13-1.