Bison’s third period puts horns into C-I Boys Hockey

Visiting Buffalo knocked home four goals in the third period to spoil Cambridge-Isanti’s “Parents Day” during the Jan. 14 matinee game which saw the Bison prevail 6-3. The win kept Buffalo close to Rogers for the lead in the Mississippi 8.

C-I senior Jonathan Wells opened the afternoon with an inspiring version of the National Anthem, then C-I’s Kurtis Grimm and Brennan Osen put early pressure on the Bison net with two good shots. C-I goalie Jared Knutson was sharp out of the gate, holding on despite a scrum on his doorstep then making a nice sliding save after a Bison strode in on him all alone after a Buffalo penalty kill.

Bluejacket junior Preston Simon raised his arms in celebration after scoring on the power play for a 1-0 lead late in the first period against Buffalo.

With the Jackets on their third power play of the opening period, Jordan Locken and Osen moved the puck well to Preston Simon, who wristed home the goal for the 1-0 C-I lead—his first goal of the season. The Bison took a 2-1 edge in the second, but Skye Hunt Schuft’s goal with 29 seconds left forged a 2-2 tie before the period ended.

The Bison then netted three goals within a three-minute span in the third to gain control. Osen’s short-handed goal with three minutes to play wasn’t enough for the Jacket rally.

• On Jan. 12, host North Metro of Brooklyn Park scored 1:20 into overtime to defeat Cambridge-Isanti 3-2. Colton Miller’s goal 1:34 into the second period had C-I leading 1-0. Elliott Simon got the tying goal with 8 minutes left in regulation. Billy Winselman was called on for just 16 saves against the Stars.

C-I senior Peter Storlie snuck a shot on goal through traffic as the Jackets applied heat in the Mississippi 8 battle Jan. 14.

• Minneapolis Southwest handed the Bluejackets their fourth straight setback with a 6-5 win in overtime Jan. 17. Elliott Simon scored two goals in the second and added another for the hat trick in the third, which had the Jackets ahead 5-2, but Southwest got the tying goal with 9 seconds left in regulation. Osen and Miller scored C-I’s other goals.

M-8 Boys Hockey

Rogers 3-0, 9-5; Buffalo 3-2, 6-9; St. Michael-Alb. 1-0, 8-5; Cambridge-Isanti 0-2, 4-12; Monticello-AML 0-2, 3-12-1.

Boys Hockey

Thursday, Jan 19 • 7:00 pm

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