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South-Shanley claims comeback overtime hockey win at Red River

Friday, January 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Fargo South-Shanley goaltender Zach Sandy deflects a Grand Forks Red River shot during Thursday's high school boys hockey game at Eagles Arena in Grand Forks. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

 

GRAND FORKS - By early in the third period, the Fargo South-Shanley boys hockey team was down three goals to Grand Forks Red River and getting outshot about 4-to-1.

“We started to gamble a little more,” Bruins coach Dean French said. “We had to. We had no choice.”

South-Shanley’s gamble hit the jackpot.

The Bruins scored three times in the third period and Noah Lantz ended it in overtime as the Bruins beat Red River 4-3 on Thursday night at Eagles Arena.

“We haven’t beaten a Grand Forks school in my three years,” Lantz said. “To come back from 3-0 and beat them is something I’m going to remember forever.”

Lantz scored at 2 minutes, 27 seconds of overtime.

Red River had the puck deep in the Bruins’ zone most of overtime but South-Shanley took advantage of a 3-on-2 rush.

On the rush, Lantz threw an initial shot at Red River goalie Nate Bradbury. The rebound was poked at by a pair of Bruin players, creating a loose puck behind Bradbury in the crease.

Lantz sped by and poked at the puck with one hand on his stick to barely put the puck across the goal line.

“For most of the game, they were by far the better team,” French said. “The thing they do that’s so hard to handle is they have lots of length and they protect the puck with their body. They had the puck in our zone most of the game.”

Red River, with goals by Tyler Savage and Mason Thingvold, led 2-0 after the second period and had outshot the Bruins 23-6.

After Red River’s Jaxon Lian made it 3-0 at 1:42 of third period, South received third-period goals from Drew Sandy (6:25), Wyatt Hanson (9:04) and Jacob Bryant (13:39).

“We changed lines and went out of our neutral-zone trap,” French said. “We let oursevles go a little more and were able to create the offense we weren’t able to in the first two periods.”

Red River dropped to 8-5 overall and 8-3 in the East Region, while South-Shanley improved to 9-4 overall and 7-3 in the East Region.

South, which lost 3-1 to Red River earlier this year, won its fourth straight while snapping a four-game Red River winning streak.

Red River’s four-game winning streak included all four shutouts. Before South-Shanley’s huge comeback, Red River hadn’t given up a goal since Jan. 3 to East Grand Forks Senior High and not to a North Dakota opponent since Dec. 18, 2018, against Fargo Davies.



FIRST PERIOD: No scoring

SECOND PERIOD: 1. GFRR, avage (Arel, Montgomery) 13:28. 2. GFRR, Thingvold (Lian, Huus) 15:35

THIRD PERIOD: 3. GFRR, Lian (Huus, Thingvold) 1:42. 4. FSS, Sandy (Senf, Kirkeby) 6:25. 5. FSS, Hanson (Sandy) 9:04. 6. FSS, Bryant (Lantz, Johnson) 13:39.

OVERTIME: 7. FSS, Lantz (Bryant, Johnson) 2:27.

GOALIE SAVES: FSS-Zach Sandy 13-8-6-1--28; GFRR-Bradbury 4-2-5-1--12.

 

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