MINNESOTA BOYS HOCKEY: Roseau falls 2-1 in OT
ST. PAUL — Just before the start of overtime, Lakeville North coach Trent Eigner heard some good news from the officials.
“They said no more TV timeouts in overtime,” Eigner said. “So I told our team to play eight more hard minutes because we thought depth would be a factor. We definitely saw some tired guys across the way.”
Eigner’s confidence turned out to be justified.
Lakeville North freshman Henry Enebak scored 1 minute, 21 seconds into overtime to beat Roseau 2-1 on Thursday at the Minnesota state Class AA boys hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center.
Lakeville North, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, will play Eden Prairie at 6 tonight.
Roseau, which dropped to 20-8-1, will play in the consolation round at Mariucci Arena at 10 a.m. today.
The underdog Rams utilized the television breaks to lean heavily on their top line of Zach Yon, Alex Strand and Alex Halstengard, as well as defenseman Cole Bjugson.
The workhorse corps almost pulled off the upset as Halstengard scored at 7:35 of the second period. But Lakeville North’s Jack Poehling scored 53 seconds later on assists from his brothers, Ryan and Nick Poehling.
All three Poehling brothers are committed to play college hockey at St. Cloud State.
Throughout the game, the Panthers had their hands full with Yon, a UND commit, who individually had 14 of Roseau’s 30 shots on goal.
“With the TV timeouts, a team with a line and a half can beat you,” Eigner said.
Yon, who assisted on Roseau’s first goal, couldn’t beat Lakeville North freshman goalie Jake Oettinger, who has been drafted in the Western Hockey League. Oettinger, who’s 6-foot-3, ended with 29 stops.
“We were a little tired, but we got breaks with the TV timeouts,” Yon said. “There was a little adrenaline with the whole atmosphere. We’ve been in great shape throughout the whole season. We were prepared for this. We knew it would be a tough battle. We had great effort out there.”
But quickly in overtime, Enebak found a loose puck in the slot and beat Roseau goalie Ryan Anderson, who finished with 29 saves.
“All the weight fell right on us,” Yon said. “Our guys haven’t been to the state tournament. We’ve been waiting our whole lives for this. We’ve had success at pee wees and bantams, but this was the big one for us. We left everything out there, so we’re happy with that, but this is tough to take.”
Roseau coach Andy Lundbohm was pleased with his team’s performance against a team that has only lost once since Dec. 10.
“In hockey, you don’t always get the bounces to go your way,” Lundbohm said. “I was really, really proud of how our guys played in the defensive zone. I couldn’t be happier as a coach.”