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BOYS HOCKEY: Rebels come back to force overtime

PHOTO Moose Lake-Willow River junior Wyatt Lampel scores the tying goal for the Rebels in the third period of Thursday’s game against Becker-Big Lake. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. Contributed Photo

The Moose Lake Area boys hockey team refused to give up in a game against the Becker-Big Lake Eagles at the Princeton Ice Arena Thursday, even when things didn’t look good for the Rebels, and it resulted in a 3-3 tie.

The game started quickly for the host team. At just 1:49 in the period, the Eagles got one by Rebels goaltender Logan McNulty, making it 1-0 in favor of the Eagles, but it was the only goal scored in the first period. The Rebels had 10 shots on goal and the Eagles 15 shots on goal in the first.

The Eagles scored again at 1:03 in the second period to make a comfortable 2-0 lead. Hitting the pipe a few times the Rebels still could not find the net. At 10:51 the Eagles added to their lead with another goal, making it 3-0.

Finally, at the 13:46 mark, Moose Lake Area’s Bryceton Butkiewicz scored for the Rebels with an assist from linemate Devin Murphy, and as the clock was clicking down to 2 seconds left in the period, Butkiewicz connected again — this time with an assist from his other linemate, Nick Wegge, for a 3-2 score. Shots on goal in the second were even at 14 for each team.

The third period remained scoreless until 15:06, when Rebel Wyatt Lampel tied it up 3-3 with an assist from Butkiewicz. In the last two minutes of regulation time both teams were trying hard to get that game-winning goal, but it didn’t happen, sending the game into overtime. Shots on goal in the third were even with 9 for each team.

An eight-minute overtime period was played before a standing crowd of fans cheering for their teams. The Rebels had the advantage with six overtime shots on goal to three for the Eagles but neither goaltender let one get by them, ending the game in a 3-3 overtime tie. McNulty had 38 saves on 41 shots for the Rebels and Justin Morrow of the Eagles had 36 saves from 39 shots.