Weekend Recap: Northern Colorado Eagles
via WSHL Staff
NORTHERN COLORADO EAGLES 2, DALLAS SNIPERS 1
The Dallas Snipers took to the Greeley Ice House to face the Northern Colorado Eagles for three games. The evenly matched series proved to be nothing short of a battle. A single goal in each period highlights the opening game of this three game swing.
Dawson Grebinski (1G) and Jacob Elik had one goal for Northern Colorado and Bradley Richardson had the lone tally for Dallas. Grebinski netted the game-winner at 13:12 of the third period after Elik tied it in the second period. Richardson, for Dallas, lit the lamp first at 12:50 of the opening period.
Both goalies were rather busy as Marshall Murphy made 40 saves to earn his fourth win of the season and Alexander Aleshkin made 37 of 39 stops.
The Eagles continue to earn wins against divisional rivals winning out their second series of the season so far. The Snipers have the extra series at hand having been one of two teams to start at the end of September but have endured a sweep already—to El Paso.
NORTHERN COLORADO 4, DALLAS SNIPERS 5
The Snipers put up more shots in Game 2 and it showed in the score line. The Snipers were able to steal a road win after a hard fought 60-minute effort. Alexsey Syrotenko (2G-1A-3Pts.) and Michael Fatta (2G) had two goals to lead the scoring department while Dmitri Khalin (2A), and Jesper Lundqvist (2A) also added two points.
Four different players scored goals for the Eagles including Dawson Grebinski (1G), Tyler Trombly (1G), Eric Hildebrand (1G-1A), and Kaden Whaley (1G).
The Eagles and Snipers got off to a very close first period as shots were almost even and only one goal was scored. Arvidas Domeika (1G) scored the night’s first goal. Dallas began to get more shots on net, 17-8, in the second to be exact, and Domeika found the second goal of the night for Dallas at 17:33. The Eagles didn’t fall behind and came back to tie the game with goals from Trombly and Grebinski at 13:03 and 9:35. The Snipers regained the lead shortly thereafter setting up more back-and-forth action as the Eagles began to regain their shot count toward the second half of the game.
Toward the end of the second period, the Eagles took their first lead of the game at 4:36 on Kaden Whaley’s goal. They successfully swung the score around but they didn’t capitalize on efforts to extend the lead leaving room for a Snipers comeback.
After leading all game, persisting through tie scores, and outshooting the Eagles, the Snipers completed their final task with two goals from Fatta at 2:44 of the second and the game-winner at 14:06 of the third.
NORTHERN COLORADO EAGLES 5, DALLAS SNIPERS 3
The Eagles were able to escape the series with two wins and one loss as they were able to mitigate every Dallas response in this game. A stronger second and third period by the Eagles secured their second win in three days.
Jacob Elik (1G-4A-5Pts.) tied his career high of five points in a game and John Campbell (2G), Brennan McFarland (2A) had two goals a piece to head the Eagles. Alexsey Syrotenko (1G-1A-2Pts.) was the only Sniper with at least two points and Domeika (1G) had the only other goal for Dallas.
The Snipers got on the board first in all three games but the Eagles took it with a grain of salt and flew through adversity. After Dmitri Khalin (1G) scored the first goal of the game for Dallas, the Eagles came back and scored two times on the efforts of Evan Wammes (1G) and Campbell to make it 2-1.
The next four goals were traded between the teams leaving the Eagles on top 4-3 with 12:37 to go—McMahon’s game-winner. Northern Colorado eventually sealed the deal with their fifth goal scored by Elik.
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