Eagles ice Otters 2-1Published 12:07pm Friday, December 27, 2013
The Fergus Falls Otter boys hockey team tripped Thursday in its defense of last year’s Annual Holiday Classic Tournament championship. Taking on New Ulm in the first round of the three-day home tournament, the Otters lost 2-1 after a goal in the third period pushed the Eagles ahead.
The two teams fought to a scoreless stalemate in the first period. New Ulm finally broke through in the second after several minutes of pressure in the Otter zone led to a goal by Ethan Krause, with assists going to Colin Huffman and Jon Kopacek.
Two minutes later, officials gave Eagle Corey Ward a two-minute minor for tripping as the Otters responded with pressure on the New Ulm goal. The Otters took advantage of the power play with a string of nifty passes from Jack Nathe and Ean Goos to Sam Rausch, who buried a one timer for the equalizer.
Knotted up once again to start the third period, the Eagles took the lead with a goal from Judd Davis off an assist from Lucas Heiderscheidt seven minutes into the final period. Struggling to match the number of shots of its opponents, the Otters were unable to build its way back into the game in the final minutes.
The Eagles had more shots on goal in each of the three periods, including a dominant 26-14 edge in the third. The Eagles finished with 47 on the night, while the Otters trailed with 30.
Otter goalie Andrew MacFarlane finished with 45 saves in the game.
Despite facing a number of shots, the Fergus Falls defense held the Eagles scoreless during power plays. The Eagles failed to convert on all three opportunities.
The Otters put in its only goal during a power play, but missed on two others and finished 1-3.
With the loss, Fergus Falls drops below the .500 mark with a record of 5-6.
The Otters are back on the ice Friday against Park Rapids, who lost to first-round opponent West Fargo 4-2. The Panthers are 6-2-1 on the year.
On Saturday, Fergus Falls with finish out the Holiday Classic on the ice against West Fargo.