Borchardt plays hero as Mavericks win OT thriller | Local sports
The Minnesota state men’s hockey team needed players to get closer to roster Nathan Smith on Thursday night.
Smith has been daily with a lower body injury, and his absence had a ripple effect, rocking each of MSU’s top three attacking groups.
“We have so many good players. There are some good players who don’t play, ”said Cade Borchardt of MSU, who normally plays on a line with Smith. “Everyone has to be ready, and I think that’s what we’re proud of as a team. “
The Mavericks won a 2-1 overtime victory over Minnesota-Duluth, with Borchardt scoring the game-winning goal in front of 5,117 fans at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.
On the match winner, Brendan Furry unleashed a long saucer pass to shoot Borchardt, who managed to send the puck straight up to his stick without losing speed. Borchardt beat Bulldogs goalie Ryan Fanti, causing the crowd to frenzy.
“Not all passes will be pretty,” Borchardt said. “After training a few times this year with our assistant coach Paul Kirtland, he’s working on throwing the puck and giving us bad pucks, rebounds, so we have to work to drop it, hit it or catch it when she flop.
Before Borchardt’s goal, MSU goaltender Dryden McKay made an excellent save before the puck landed on Furry’s stick. McKay, who made 26 saves in the win, got an assist on the OT winner.
“He’s the one who gets us out of our zone and the opportunity to win an overtime game,” MSU coach Mike Hastings said. “He was exceptional when we needed him. “
MSU had great chances to score in regulation but struggled to convert with Fanti making several tough saves.
The teams played a scoreless first period, but Julian Napravnik scored a goal off the post in a MSU power play.
Reggie Lutz shot a high and wide shot on a superb second-half glance, and Sam Morton was pushed back by Fanti after finding himself alone in goal in the dying minutes of regulation.
“I think we have succeeded in creating opportunities. I don’t know if we were very specific at the start, ”Hastings said. “For the two teams coming back from the break, I’m sure if you spoke to (UMD coach Scott Sandelin) right now, he would probably say we want to play a bit cleaner and cleaner game. This is what happens when you are away for a few weeks. You don’t have that.
The Mavericks were first on the board at 5:06 of the second period, with Connor Gregga scoring on a rebound after Ondrej Pavel stopped a buckling attempt.
Jesse Jacques of the Bulldogs tied the game at 7:18 of the third. Neither team was able to score in the dying minutes of regulation time as both keepers made superb saves down the home stretch.
Shots on goal favored MSU 30-27. Josh Groll added an assist for MSU in the win.
The Mavericks (17-4, 12-2 at CCHA) finish their streak with the Bulldogs at 6:07 p.m. Saturday in Duluth.
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