Edina's Ben Dexheimer after 2Gs Saturday was the Lotzza Motzza POTG
Game 1: Huskies hold off Gleason and beat Bulldogs 3-1.
The Huskies got two unassisted goals by Ben Dexheimer to beat the Bulldogs Saturday on Rink 2 in Bloomington. His first tally was pretty end to end rush where he beat Zach Wiese on the short-side. A minute later, St. Paul phenom Matt Gleason evened the score 1-1 on a pretty one-timer feed from Will Magnuson. The second half was a back and forth even battle with both teams with opportunities but nothing to show for it. Until Dexheimer got loose in the slot after weaving through two Bulldog defenders and fired another wrist shot past the Bulldog goalie for the win.
Game 2...Irish score 5 in the Second half to beat Gophers
Coming off tough losses the night before both teams came out hungry. For 18 minutes, both teams were starving until Prior Lake's Owen Neuharth popped in a goal on the Power Play for the Gophs to give them a 1-0 halftime lead. The rest of the game was all Irish. Early in the second, Brett Oberle scored and nine seconds later Brainerd's Westin Andres knocked up the eventual game winning goal. Oberle would go onto get a hat trick for the Green Machine as they rolled to a 5-1 win over the Gopers.
Game 3...Bulldogs beat Mavs 5-4 in an OT/SO
The Mavs with a championship within their grasp with two wins, scored three of the games first goals leading 3-1 after one (goals by Streeter, Miller, and Overman). But the second half was the Matthew Gleason show. He score two goals including the Game tying goal with 1:25 to go for the Hatty. In the overtime, the Dogs got caught for too many men and were forced into a shorthanded situation to end the game. Killing the penalty propelled them two goals in the shootout, one by Gleason - no surprise - and the game winner by Ryan Mulrenin. The win put the Bulldogs in a position to win the Challenge with a win over the Gophers and some help from the Irish on Sunday.
Game 4...Huskies take out Gophers, control their own Destiny
For the third game in a row, the Gophers got out to an early lead. Minneapolis' Will Svenddal opened things up with a nice shot that Cooper Olson. The Huskies would battle back and score the next three two by Stillwater's Charlie Strobel and another by Billy Rose who left the rink with a goal and two assists. Johnny Mittelstadt would make things interesting scoring on the Power Play in the middle of the half. But Noah Tussey would complete the All District 2 scoring line for the Huskies making it 4-2 with five minutes to go.
Game 5...Irish win their second of the day, knocking the Mavericks out 1-0.
Both teams came into the final game of Saturday needing a win and some help on Sunday to get the Champions T-Shirt. A low scoring affair would benefit both teams in the Goals Against Tie Breaker system. Both teams took the defensive charge to new heights...or new lows if you are a fan of high scoring games. Tyler Oakland got the lone goal of the game after he picked up a loose puck in the slot and rifled a wrist shot top shelf late in the first half. There was no more scoring the rest of the way. Both teams had flurries but neither team was able to convert.