Friday's Missota Conference hockey game between Red Wing and Chaska was a game of minutes.
Through the first 34 minutes, the Wingers and Hawks were playing even, with Chaska holding a slim 2-1 lead through two periods.
But in the third, 11 minutes worth of penalties and a pair of Hawks goals coming in a short span kept Red Wing out of the win column as Chaska clinched a 4-1 victory at Prairie Island Arena.
"They brought a 1-goal lead into the third, then we had a couple calls that mentally we thought were wrong and you saw the frustration for our guys," said Wingers head coach Mike Belisle. "Instead of trying to tie it up, we mentally took ourselves out of it."
Scoreless after the first period, Red Wing grabbed the early lead when Dylan Goggin got the puck through the five-hole of Hawks goaltender Blake Jackson for his fourth goal of the season at 11 minutes, 41 seconds. Alex Rezansoff and Taylor Hanson each tallied assists on the play.
"Goggs has got skill and speed, and he's good at distributing the puck since he moved up with (Rezansoff and Hanson)," Belisle said. "It's been a bigger bonus for us to be able to move Ryan Rehder down to our green line to give them a big presence."
Trying to claw back, it took 36 seconds for the Hawks to take command, as Andrew Henke popped in a power-play goal, followed by an even-strength goal by Austin Hardy to put Chaska up 2-1 to end the second.
The scoring continued to come in bunches for Chaska in the third, starting with an unassisted goal from Brooks Wineberg at 2:42. Then at the 4-minute mark, Derek Annett scooped up a rebound and put the puck past Wingers goalie Preston Blaney for the 4-1 advantage.
"It was our goal to keep it at one goal and kill off the late penalty in the third, but then we backed off again," Belisle said. "We have to be able to do the little things."
Trying to cut down the three-goal deficit proved exceedingly difficult as the Wingers (0-13-2, 0-4-2 Missota) racked up 11 penalty minutes in the third, including a 5-minute major for boarding. Red Wing had seven penalties, compared to one for Chaska (9-5-2, 3-3-1 Missota).
"It's not good for our team to allow that to happen," Belisle said of the late penalties. "We'll have to grow from that."
The Wingers stay at home Tuesday, hosting Shakopee in a battle between two teams still looking for their first Missota win of the season.