Storm Bantams Take Third At State- Game Recaps 25 Mar 18

Story courtesy of Gary & Marie Hansen

The MBA Bantams competed in the Minnesota State Hockey Bantam B Tournament March 16th – 18th in St. Cloud.

The #11 state ranked Storm faced off vs. #8 Hastings Friday afternoon. The game was evenly contested through two periods as the game was tied 0-0. MBA got on the scoreboard early in the third to take a 1-0 lead. From there the Storm took control of the game adding another goal midway through the third and moved on with a 2-0 victory.

“We got in penalty trouble early in the game and had to stave off a few penalty kills. Hastings played a very patient game that we’re not used to. As we got accustomed to what they were trying to do we were able to adjust and create some scoring chances. The kids played one of their best defensive games of the year shutting out Hastings.”

Other Quarter Final Scores:

#2 Osseo/ Maple Grove over #10 Forest Lake 2-0
#1 Edina over #6 St. Paul 3-2 in Overtime
#3 Moorhead over #7 Lakeville North 8-4

Saturday’s semi-final match up faced the Storm up against Osseo/ Maple Grove. OMG put heavy pressure on the Storm throughout the game. The Storm stayed composed, but OMG went into the second intermission with a 2-0 lead. The Storm came out in the third period and punched in a goal to close the gap to one, but time ran out on MBA as OMG took the game 2-1 to advance to the State Championship. “OMG played the complete opposite game of Hastings. They put heavy pressure on us, and transitioned the puck very well. Their second goal took a bad bounce off the wall in our end, and ended up right on one of their player’s stick who put it in our net. Our kids fought hard and never gave up. They battled to get back into the game but the clock just ran out on us. They had nothing to hang their heads about, it was just a hard fought game between two very good teams.”

Other Semi-Final:
#1 Edina over #3 Moorhead 8-1
Consolation Bracket
#10 Forest Lake over #8 Hastings 3-2 in OT
#7 Lakeville North over #6 St. Paul 5-2

The season just wouldn’t have ended right without MBA and Moorhead facing off one more time for the third place game. The Storm and District 15 rival Moorhead have met four previous times this season. All games were decided by one goal with two going to overtime.

Moorhead won the first three, and the fourth was an overtime win by the Storm in the North Region Championship. Moorhead came out determined in the game after a lopsided loss to Edina in the Semi Finals. The Storm found themselves in penalty trouble early on in the game where they were able to stave off a 3 vs 5, but with just seconds left in the second penalty kill Moorhead found a goal to take the early lead. The Spuds kept rolling through the first and part way through the second period as they amassed a 4-1 lead.

Slowly the tides turned as MBA began to sustain some momentum. Midway through the second period the Storm pulled the game within one with two quick goals. The two quick goals forced Moorhead to take a timeout. Following the timeout the game was played evenly to closeout the second period with Moorhead leading 4-3.

Once again as the third period began the Storm were the stronger skating team, but couldn’t find a way to put the puck in the net. With under a minute to go MBA pulled the goalie to add the sixth skater on the ice, and put one pass Moorhead with fourteen seconds left in the game to tie it up 4-4. Time would expire in regulation, and once again took the two teams to overtime for the third time this season.

MBA didn’t waste anytime, as just 21 seconds into the overtime they put the puck in Moorhead’s net claiming third place in the State Tournament with four unanswered goals. “What a win. Moorhead came out really strong against us to open up the game, but slowly lost momentum as the game went on.

The depth of our team just wore them down, and we had more left in the tank at the end of the game then they did. Hats off to our kids that they never gave up and just kept at it. It was a great way to cap off our season.”

#1 Edina over #2 OMG 5-0
#7 Lakeville North over #10 Forest Lake 6-1

This is MBA’s first Bantam team to reach the State Tournament. Finishing third at State is the best finish for any MBA team that has reached the State Tourney. The MBA Bantams complete their season with a 34-11-5 record, and expect to be ranked in the top 5 in the final Let’s Play Hockey state rankings that will be out Wednesday March 21st.

The MBA Bantam team would like to thank all the fans and community’s support they got throughout the tournament. We by far had the most, and loudest fans in the tournament.

Picture submitted:
Front Row: Tyler Hadfield, Ian Rajewsky, Hunter LeClair, Brett Hansen, Sam Thompson, Brady Loge, Brady DeHaan, Levi Gunlogson, Ryan Tolifson
Middle: Head Coach Aaron Goff, Assistant Coach Justin LeClair, Brady Goff, Zander Hoffman, Brady Backman, Peyton LeClair, Tim Blume, Hunter Blume, Assistant Coach Jeff DeHaan, Assistant Coach Ryan Loge
Back: Mason Austvold, Reece Kuseske