Another late goal downs MHS

The Minot High boys hockey team left junior goaltender Breydan Effertz in a tight spot on Saturday.

The Magicians recorded penalties 30 seconds apart during overtime of their contest with Grand Forks Central, allowing the Knights to play for an extended stretch with one or two extra skaters.

Effertz stopped the first 11 shots he faced in the extra period, but the Knights eventually broke through. GFC senior Kaden Monette caught Effertz out of position on a rebound, scoring 5 minutes, 30 seconds into the overtime to give the Knights a 3-2 victory at Maysa Arena.

Effertz held on through 4-on-3 and 5-on-3 advantages for GFC, but the Knights (2-0) finally found the net with a 5-on-4 edge. MHS (0-2) finished with six penalties and the Knights scored twice on the power play.

“We weren’t moving our feet all night and were putting ourselves in bad situations,” MHS coach Chad Burckhard said, “and it finally caught up with us in overtime with a couple bad penalties because we just weren’t moving our feet and skating with them. Credit to Central, they picked it up to another level there in overtime and drew a couple penalties.”

It was a familiar result for the Magicians, who lost Friday to Fargo Davies on a power-play goal with 18 seconds remaining in regulation.

“We need to find a way to give a little bit more,” Burckhard said. “This game gives you what you earn, and we need to go back to the drawing board. We need to go back and realize what kind of team we are. We’ve gotta be a hard-working, move-our-feet kind of team and if we do that, we’ll be OK. If we don’t, it’ll be a lot of this.”

Monette had a hand in each of the Knights’ goals. In the first period, he split two defenders with a nifty move, causing two Magicians to crash into each other. Monette left the puck for Griggs, who beat Effertz glove side on the one-on-one opportunity to give GFC a 1-0 lead.

“He’s fast, he’s smart with the puck, he goes to the net well and he’s just one of the guys we rely on for offense and it’s starting to show,” GFC coach Grant Paranica said of Monette.

The Magicians tied it at 1-1 at 14:58 of the first period. Junior Matt Flom found space in front of GFC goaltender Taner Bender, took Quinn Fuch’s pass from behind the net and flicked a quick wrist shot into the bottom right corner. MHS senior Trevor Werchau was also credited with an assist.

A short-handed tally by Fuchs at 5:57 of the second period gave the Magicians a brief 2-1 lead. The senior forward pounced on a cross-ice pass and thumped a shot off Bender’s right leg pad, but stuck with the play and flipped in a rebound as he flew past the net.

About eight minutes later Knights senior Casey Johnson slid a back-handed shot five-hole to beat Effertz. Johnson took a pass from Monette and skated left to right across the front of the net before scoring.

Neither team scored in the third period, but Minot looked threatening during a three-minute stretch where it kept the Knights pinned inside their defensive zone. Bender finished with six of his 23 saves in the period to force overtime.

Effertz tallied 37 stops, including several acrobatic kick saves. Burckhard said his goalie was disappointed with how he played in the 5-4 loss to Davies, but responded well Saturday.

“I thought Brey did a nice job and gave us an opportunity tonight,” Burckhard said. “On a night when we weren’t very good in front of him, he gave us an opportunity, so I’m proud of the way he bounced back.”

Effertz said the Magicians know they have plenty to improve on following a pair of one-goal losses to open the season.

“We just gotta be a better team all around,” he said. “We have a young defense so they have some more to learn and up front, we gotta be a little more consistent.”

MHS hosts Jamestown at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Daniel Allar covers Minot State University athletics. Follow him on Twitter @DAllar_MDN.