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Boys Hockey: Penalties haunt Wingers in 2nd period

Red Wing's Michael Bigelbach (right) is hit by Rochester Mayo's Nolan Edwards during the first period of Tuesday's game at Prairie Island Arena1 / 3
Red Wing captain Ryan Rehder (left) tries to keep the puck away from Rochester Mayo's James Johnston in the first period Tuesday at Prairie Island Arena.2 / 3
Red Wing's Kyle LaPorte (left) looks to get past Rochester Mayo defenseman Ethan Moore during Tuesday's game in Red Wing.3 / 3

Things got out of hand in a hurry for the Red Wing boys hockey team against Rochester Mayo.

Trailing 4-2 in the middle of the second period, Michael Bigelbach got a five-minute major and a 10-minute misconduct for checking from behind. Then, more than four minutes later, Taylor Hanson got the same penalties.

Playing with a man advantage for the rest of the period, the Spartans unloaded with five straight goals, putting the game out of reach in a 9-3 victory Tuesday at Prairie Island Arena.

"There's no hiding the fact that they took it to us," said Wingers head coach Mike Belisle.

To start the game, things looked promising with Hanson giving Red Wing (0-9) an early 1-0 lead. Just 1 minute, 28 seconds into the first period, Wingers forward Alex Rezansoff was tripped up near the blue line, but Hanson took the loose puck and beat Mayo goaltender Case Hansen for the early advantage.

With Hanson serving a cross-checking penalty, Mayo capitalized on the man advantage as Max Whitney blasted a goal from the top of the circle, beating Red Wing goalie Preston Blaney to tie the game. Less than a minute later, at 12:16, Ryan Martin put the Spartans up 2-1 to finish the opening period.

"We've had some quick starts like that before," Belisle said. "If you take a look at their first, and maybe their second goal, I don't want to say we took our foot off the gas, but we have a tendency to take a shift or two off. Next thing you know, they pop a quick one or two in and now we're down 2-1 instead of building on that momentum."

Early in the second period, Mayo (6-1) added to their lead as Matt Rogers bounced the puck off a Wingers' skate to put the lead at 3-1.

On the power play, Bigelbach unloaded on a shot from the point, and Dylan Goggin put his stick up, got a piece of the shot and deflected the puck in the net to make it a one-goal game at 8:03.

"(The puck) came out from the corner and went up to Michael," Goggin said of the goal. "I just got out front, we had two guys coming from the side crashing, and I was lucky enough to get a stick on it and get it in the back of the net."

At 9:09, Tommy Hanson put Mayo up 4-2. Then after the two major penalties by Red Wing, the Spartans flourished.

On the power play for the rest of the period, Mayo tallied four straight power-play goals, including three scores in a 59-second stretch. Six of the Spartans' nine goals came with the man advantage.

"Having a couple of your best players in the box for over 10 minutes, it's not easy, but it gives the other guys a chance to work through that adverse penalty-kill time," Belisle said. "It's tough to be up, then get knocked down a couple rungs, then go back up and fall down another couple rungs. It was just a tough game that way."

With running time in the third, the Wingers put up a quick goal when Tyler Rea snapped a quick shot off a Goggin pass to put the score at 8-3. But the Spartans put a halt to any faint momentum shift when Tommy Hanson scored his second goal just 31 seconds later.

"Stuff happens, you just have to deal with that adversity," said Goggin, who finished with one goal and one assist. "We were keeping positive."

Red Wing is back on the ice Thursday at Holy Angels before getting an eight-day break prior to its next home game versus Farmington.

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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