FF Bantam A’s take splitPublished 10:54am Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Fergus Falls VFW Post 612 Bantam A’s split in two games this past weekend.
The Bantam A’s continued to roll with a 6-3 win over Moorhead on Saturday night in Fergus Falls.
It would be a big night for defenseman Tosten Mann as he got the scoring going with a hard slap shot goal left of the slot, assisted by Camden Andrews. Fergus Falls continued to control play as Rylie Sheridan scored on a tough angle, bar-down, top shelf beauty at 4:55 of the first period.
Fergus continued to pepper the Moorhead goaltender as Mann again found the back of the net with a hard slap shot from the middle of the slot putting Fergus Falls up 3-0. Moorhead then answered with one of their own leaving the score 3-1 Fergus Falls at the end of the first period.
As second period began, both teams battled hard until late in the period when Mann continued to roll, scoring a power play goal at 4:44 of the second period, assisted by Peter Johnson. Three minutes later Mann added his third goal of the game with Andrews picking up his second assist of the night. The Spuds went on to score two more to close the second period with both teams going into the locker room with Fergus Falls holding a 4-3 lead.
Fergus Falls didn’t wait long to long to get things going in the third period. Mann made a powerful rush getting around the Moorhead defense, but was stopped by the Moorhead goaltender before Johnson followed with a rebound goal, with the assist going to Mann. Hard working Tyler Hobbs finished off Moorhead with a goal at the 7:48 mark of the third period with the assist going to Sheridan. Goal tender Derek Christianson played well in the net making 16 saves.
Fergus Falls controlled play most of the game and outshot Moorhead 33-19.
On Sunday, the team hosted Brainerd, hoping to carry the momentum of Saturday’s victory over Moorhead into Sunday’s contest.
Both teams had several big scoring opportunities throughout the game. Otter goaltender Christianson stopped several quality shots by Brainerd early, including two well played one-timers and a breakaway in the opening period.
First period action was fast and furious with Brainerd and Fergus Falls skating evenly. Brainerd managed to hold a 8-7 shots-on-goal advantage and a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.
Despite Brainerd’s size advantage, the Otters physical play continued to pay dividends in the second period. Mann, Brady Kampsula, Jack Nathe, and Nick Johnson continued to stifle Brainerd’s attempts to advance and control the puck. With 3:45 left in the period, Andrews shot from the blue line took the Brainerd goaltender off guard, resulting in a 1-1 game. Both teams ended the second period with 20 shots-on-goal overall.
Third period momentum began to shift towards Brainerd. With 11:01 on the clock, the Otters found themselves down 2-1 as a result of a power play goal on the latter of two consecutive power play opportunities by Brainerd. A breakaway goal made it a 3-1 game with 5:47 remaining. Brainerd scored on additional goal with 1:57 on the clock to ensure a 4-1 Otter defeat.
Christianson was credited with 33 saves vs 23 for the Brainerd goaltender.
The team will carry their 3-2-2 record to Thief River Falls (doubleheader), Crookston and Fargo next weekend.