JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Jackson Hole Moose have achieved a personal benchmark of sorts already this season with their 20th victory coming Friday against San Francisco. Jackson added its 21st win of the year the following night but neither game was a cakewalk.
Credit the DraftKings. They brought a deep and talented squad to the rink this weekend and set out like a team with something to prove within the first 20-minutes of their arrival at the Snow King Sports and Event Center.
San Fran took a 4-1 lead to the first intermission with everything seemingly going their way. They got all the right bounces, tape-to-tape passing, and Moose goaltender Nick Krauss did not look ready to play at the game’s opening. Only Charlie Hagen’s lone tally kept it from looking a grim enough affair that the Moose locker room flat screen TV might again be counted a casualty.
Krauss, however, buckled down and so did his mates. Jackson came out looking a little better in the second. Goals from Alex Dewitz and Dan Dupont closed the gap to 5-3 headed to the final 20 minutes.
The Moose owned the third. With 56 shots on goal from the home team, the DraftKings did all they could do just to hang on. Fatigue and elevation looked to take their toll on the visitors as they began taken penalty after penalty, and just didn’t look like the same team.
Two goals from Tom Hartnett (who again played defense instead of forward) eventually tied the contest with 25 seconds to go in regulation. That’s when a pane of rinkside glass shattered and referees decided to move right to an overtime shootout rather than take 40 minutes on replacing making repairs.
Both goaltenders looked sharp in the shootout with only one of three scoring in the first round. Dupont’s goal was equaled by a DraftKing response so it was on to a second round of three shooters.
Everyone missed until Moose winger Ben Pullar put home a game-winner for a 7-6 Moose win in OT.
Jackson again fell behind in Saturday’s contest, trailing 2-1 after one period. With the score knotted at 3 a-piece headed into the final frame, the Moose again found another gear where the Draft Kings could not.
Four lamplighters in the third made the close game look like a route in the end with a 7-4 final.
The Moose got goals from Dakota Richardson (2G, 1A), Alex Dewitz (1G, 1A), Brian Upesleja (1G, 1A), Sage Welch, Mick Sullivan, and Chase Wharton. AJ Sanders helped out with 3 assists.
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