JACKSON, Wyo. — Hockey fans were treated to a pair of tight, one-goal games that came down to the bitter end and then some as the Moose split a weekend with the Holy Cross Crusaders.
The Moose came out ready to play Friday—not something they are typically accused of. Two even-strength goals from AJ Sanders five minutes into the first period put Crusader goalie Ian Dams on notice as the first one was by him before he could react. The second Sanders goal was a beauty as AJ toe-dragged the puck across the goal mouth, outwaiting Dams before he snapped one by him again.
When Drew Akins and Jason Reese added goals in the second period it looked all but over for Holy Cross. But the Crusaders came storming back in the third with three goals to tie the game and send it to a 3-on-3 overtime frame.
With time running out in the 5-minute sudden death, Reese potted the game-winner for his second of the night and a 5-4 Moose win in OT.
Part 2 of the weekend showdown on ice was a close affair all the way. The Crusaders had the upper hand early. Then, at times, the Moose appeared to be in command of the game but neither team was able to sustain much pressure. It was a closer checking contest this time for the first two periods with both team’s defense corps doing a good job taking away time and space and eliminating anyone hanging around in the crease looking for rebounds.
The Moose fought back from a 3-goal deficit to tie the game at 3-3 headed to the final period but it was not to be. The 3rd period was a wild one with both teams pushing the offense. The Moose got a pair of goals from Drew Akins, and one each from Kyle Krauss, Tom Hartnett, and Brad Improta.
But despite a furious final 80 seconds with goaltender Nick Krauss pulled for an extra skater, Jackson could not manage to get even with the Crusaders. Final score Saturday: Holy Cross 6, Jackson Hole 5.
The Moose are now 14-6 on the season. They host Cleveland this weekend.
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