Wildcats fall to Waseca in OT, but bounce back against Red Wing
After losing their last two games in the Kiwanis Hockey Festival, the Dodge County boys’ hockey team was looking to start another winning streak when they traveled to Waseca on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Wildcats nearly had the win, but the Bluejays scored a late goal to force overtime and scored the game-winning goal to hand Dodge County a 3-4 loss.
In a relatively quiet first period, Waseca scored the first and only goal of the period to take a 1-0 lead.
However, the Wildcats came storming back in the second period thanks to two goals by Brody Lamb.
The first goal came six minutes into the second period on a power play after Jake Isaak passed him the puck.
The second goal was an unassisted short-handed goal that occurred in the final minutes of the period.
Lamb completed the hat trick on an even strength goal in the third period. Charlie Blaisdell and Brendon Wolesky earned assists on the goal that gave Dodge County a 3-1 lead.
However, less than 30 seconds later, the Bluejays responded with a goal of their own to cut the Wildcats’ lead to one goal.
Then, with less than four minutes left in the game, Waseca tied the game with a second straight even-strength goal.
In overtime, Dodge County outshot Waseca 5-4, but the Bluejays made their last shot count as it got behind Wildcats’ goalie Isaac Dale to give them a 4-3 win.
The loss drops Dodge County’s record to 7-5.
The Wildcats didn’t have to wait long to get the sour taste of the loss out of their mouths as they hosted the Red Wing Wingers just two days later, on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Dodge County got off to a better start against Red Wing as three different Wildcats scored in the first period to give them a 3-0 lead.
The first goal was scored with eight minutes left in the period by Lamb off an assist from Brenden Postier.
Then, Gavin Giesler and Carl Schutz passed it to Isaak who scored on a scrum in front of the Red Wing net.
Lastly, Wolesky added a short-handed goal to make it 3-0.
In the second period, Lamb made it back-to-back short-handed goals when he scored with 10 minutes left in the period.
After no other goals were scored the rest of the second period, Dodge County took a commanding 4-0 lead into the third period.
Red Wing scored their first and only in the third, but the Wildcats responded when Wolesky scored a power play goal from Blaisdell to give Dodge County a 5-1 win.
This win brings the Wildcats’ record up to 8-5.
Dodge County’s next home game is this Saturday, Jan. 11, when they host Amery at 3 p.m. It’s Stick it to Cancer Night and fans are encouraged to arrive early to bid on gift baskets, purchase luminaria bags, and stuff the stick with a cash donation.
All proceeds will be given to the Rochester Eagles Cacer Telethon by the Wildcat boys’ hockey team.