A quartet of second-period goals pulled the Minot High boys’ hockey team out of their recent schneid on a cold and snowy Tuesday night, as a trio of goals from Macckley Morelli helped the Magicians claim their fifth victory conference of the season by 6-3. final score against the Bismarck Century Patriots at the Maysa Arena.
The Magicians Road Warriors (5-3-1-2) returned home to Maysa for the first time since Dec.21, shattering a seven-of-eight-game away streak from Dec.28-28. January. 15.
Since the club’s last home game, the Magi have struggled through a road trip to Minnesota, losing two of their three games to Mahtomedi, St. Louis Park and Roseau to fall to 4-3-1-2 ahead of Tuesday’s action.
“We didn’t play well there the first two games, we had pushes where we did. (They are) very good hockey teams ”, Magi co-trainer Jason Bennett said. “Roseau’s number one in Minnesota, and we played the second game really well there and had a 2-1 win over a good hockey team. “
A power play early in the second period straightened the ship for the Magicians in the attacking zone after finishing the first period one behind, allowing the team to break through the Patriots’ defense (1-6-0 -2) and score a pair of goals within a minute of intervals.
With Century defenseman Kade Orsad in the penalty box for an interference violation, defenseman Jaxon Bradley took control of the puck near the board just inside the blue line and sent it to Macckley Morelli just above the far circle.
With room to settle in, Morelli skated in a few steps and fired a wrist shot in the middle of the circle. The puck echoed out of the right corner and into former Century goalie Kaden Jangula and tied with just over 10 minutes left in the period, giving Morelli his sixth score of the year.
As time passed after 9:30 am to play, Caelton Eslinger brought the puck back into the attacking zone with Ben Svangstu to his left. The former attempted a cross pass to the latter, but a stoppage of Jangula’s kick provided a fortuitous rebound off Vig’s skate and inside, pushing the Mages ahead 2-1.
Another benefit of the Minot man produced a virtual carbon copy of the footage within the last two minutes of the frame. Morelli scored his second power-play goal of the game at almost the same spot with 64 seconds on the clock, and junior defenseman Haeven Freeman scored his first goal of the season 11 seconds later with a chip shot from the other end. of the territory to put the Magi advance 4-1.
Ahead of the second-period theatrics, the two schools battled throughout a uniform first period on Tuesday night, in which both teams managed five shots on goal midway through.
Despite a flurry of shooting from Magi in the dying minutes that gave the home five a 9-6 class advantage after the first frame, a last-minute Patriots goal fabricated by Maxon Vig’s wraparound pass to Kaden Roness was broke the ice for Bismarck Century with 35.5 seconds to play.
The Patriots added two more goals in the third period, but Magi goaltender Noah Conklin, bolstered by his team’s offensive momentum, kept his team in the lead with 15 saves the night.
Morelli, meanwhile, scored his first hat trick from Magi with a backhand on a rebound allowed by Jangula with 11:30 am left and Eslinger netted his second score of the game in an empty net to seal the three-goal victory.
“The kid can shoot the puck. He gives his brother for his money ”, Bennett said of Morelli. “Mason could still shoot the puck, and Mackley can shoot it too. It’s good to see him succeed at a young age.
The Mages will have some free time before their next tilt, currently slated for Jan. 8 on the road against Fargo Davies with a 3:15 p.m. puck.