Boys Hockey: Red Wing ties Holy AngelsThe Red Wing boys hockey team scored the game-tying goal late in the third period against Academy of Holy Angels and came away with a 2-2 tie Tuesday in Richfield.
By: R-E Sports Staff, The Republican Eagle
The Red Wing boys hockey team scored the game-tying goal late in the third period against Academy of Holy Angels and came away with a 2-2 tie Tuesday in Richfield.
Wingers head coach Mike Belisle said it was a huge goal for Red Wing (7-6-1, 4-2-1 Missota) against a top hockey program as the Wingers outshot the Stars 41-28.
“There’s no doubt that’s a huge feather in our cap,” Belisle said of outshooting a skilled Holy Angels team. “We did a great job possessing the puck. It showed in our shots and in our opportunities at the end of the game to put away a good program. But it’s not what we want and that’s why we’re going to keep growing.”
Sophomore Michael Bigelbach and junior Alex Rezansoff scored for Red Wing. Sophomore Tyler Rea and senior Dayton Johnson had assists in the game.
Mario Bianchi and Trevor Meador each had a goal and an assist to lead Holy Angels.
Bigelbach started the scoring with a goal at 10 minutes, 59 seconds of the first period with the assist to Rea. The Stars tied the score at one on a second period goal by Bianchi from Ben Haeg and Meador. Holy Angels scored early in the third period to take the lead but Rezansoff responded with a power-play goal from Johnson to tie the game with 5:13 left in regulation.
Brett Pierce made 39 saves for the Stars.
“To be quite honest with you, why we didn’t come out with a win tonight was a credit to their goalie,” Belisle said. “We absolutely bombarded him.”
Junior Preston Blaney stopped 26 shots for Red Wing and continues to play better with each game, Belisle said.
“It’s a growth process for him as far as gaining that confidence game in and game out,” Belisle said. “That’s what we’re going to need in our run in February.”
Belisle said the Wingers finished with 52 hits and 28 blocked shots. Red Wing committed just three penalties, an area the Wingers are seeing improvement in and are playing better as a result, he said.
Red Wing hosts Farmington Thursday.