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Huskies Bounce Back To Beat St. Francis

New Hampton looked to bounce back against St. Francis Preparatory School from two tough losses against Rivers School and Nichols School, yesterday. The Huskies under estimating St. Francis and did not come ready to play at the start of the game this afternoon. It took a goal from St. Francis four minutes into the game to wake up New Hampton. After St. Francis goal, the Huskies got back to basics, playing simple hockey, getting pucks deep and getting in hard on the forecheck. Despite dominating the next ten minutes, it looked as if New Hampton would remain down a goal after the first period. With just under a minute remaining in the period, the Huskies finally got on the board. New Hampton forwards got the puck up to Quinn McClelland at the point, McClelland swung the puck to his defensive partner, Cale DuBrul. DuBrul fired a nice low shot on net, that Max Fleckenstein deflected past the St. Francis goaltender, for his first goal as a Husky. Fleckenstein’s goal tied the game at one and gave New Hampton momentum heading into the second period. The Huskies rode the momentum from the end of the first period into the second period. Greg Peterson scored less than a minute into the second period to give New Hampton their first lead of the game. Ryan Mahlmeister caused a turnover in the offensive zone that Alec Grace picked up and fired a shot on net. Greg Peterson deflected Grace shot in the back of the net. The Huskies lead did not last long as they took two penalties right after Peterson’s goal, giving St. Francis a 5-on-3 power play. St. Francis converted on their power play to tie the game, two and a half minutes after the Huskies took the lead. Twenty seconds after St. Francis tied the game, New Hampton still on the penalty kill, scored shorthanded to take back the lead. On a 2-on-2 rush, Isaac MacLeod crossed the blueline and dropped the puck to Marcus Joughin. After dropping the puck to Joughin, MacLeod cut around the circle and headed right for the front of the net. Joughin held on to the puck long enough for MacLeod to get to the front of the net before threading a pass to MacLeod. MacLeod gather the pass and then tucked the puck around the St. Francis goaltender to give the Huskies back their lead. Two minutes later, New Hampton added to their lead when Ryan Mahlmeister scored after being set up by Alec Grace and Greg Peterson. The rest of the period saw the back and forth action, with Andrew Sayles making some nice saves to keep New Hampton up by two heading into the second intermission. The third period was all New Hampton as they scored twice to win the game 6-2. Steven Ardagna scored the Huskies fifth goal after being set up for a breakaway by Jack Ring. Ardagna made a nice fake to his backhand that the St. Francis goaltender bit on and then Ardagna pulled the puck back to his forehand before putting the puck in the empty net. Marcus Joughin finished the scoring for the Huskies, firing a shot from the slot after being set up by Isaac MacLeod and Cory Morris. Andrew Sayles played great in net stopping 16 of the 18 shots he faced to earn his first win as a Husky. New Hampton will look to end the weekend on a strong note, as they take on Millbrook School tomorrow morning at 10 am.
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