Otters split games at shortened West Fargo TournamentPublished 8:54am Monday, September 16, 2013
After senior David Schneck scored his first varsity goal Friday night in the first game of the West Fargo Tournament, the Otters went on to record their second victory of the season, outlasting the Crookston Pirates 1-0.
It would prove to be another physical contest Saturday in game two of the tournament as the Otters took on Mandan.
The Otters put together several scoring opportunities in the first half, testing the Braves’ resilience. Forward Chris Bernard put a shot on goal early on in the half, but the ball was stopped by the Mandan goalie. The Otters put five more shots on goal in the half, just missing the net several times.
At the 19th minute of the game, the Braves broke through after recovering a ball that had bounced around in Otter territory. A Mandan shot on goal went through the arms of Otter keeper Conner Hatfield as wet conditions had made the ball difficult to handle.
The Otters continued their strong attack into the second half, but were again defended away from the goal by the Braves. Fergus increased their intensity as the game wore on and the clock ticked into the final minutes of the game.
Hatfield came up with a big save for the Otters that kept Mandan at one goal, but forwards Sam Rausch and Mitchell Cole couldn’t manage an equalizer after getting scoring opportunities, giving the Braves a 1-0 victory.
“We are getting stronger each game. This is the second straight game that we have played the full 80 minutes without letting up on the pressure we are applying to the other team,” Otter coach Beau Krueger said. “We are really moving the ball well. Today’s game really showed the hard work that the team has been doing.”
Fergus was schedule to play another game Saturday against Minot, but weather and field conditions forced officials to cancel the match up.
The Otters are 2-6 on the season and will be in action again on Tuesday when they host Sauk Rapids-Rice at 7 p.m.