The Williston State College hockey team’s return home was a low scoring affair.
The Tetons beat the North Dakota State University Bison 2-1 Friday night at the Agri-Sports Complex in their first home game since Dec. 16.
“It seems to be the same old same old the last couple of games,” said Tetons head coach Seamus Gregory. “Finding the back of the net, we’ve kind of struggled a bit. We’re outshooting teams, but we’re just not burying the biscuit right now. Hopefully we’ll be able to comeback tomorrow (Saturday) a little bit better with the offensive effort.”
The Tetons had plenty of chances in the first period, but couldn’t find a way passed Bison goaltender Alex Cimchowski. At the end of the period, the game remained scoreless, despite the Tetons having 14 shots to the Bison’s two.
The Tetons finally got a breakthrough with 16:56 left in the second period through forward Justin Brooks. They kept on pushing to try and get a second, but Cimchowski kept the Tetons at bay for the rest of the period.
The Tetons finally got their second with 18:19 left in the game as forward Jacob Radermacher slammed the puck home on a breakaway, giving the Tetons some breathing room in the final period.
The Bison pegged on back with 7:03 left, as forward Jake McPhail beat Tetons’ goalkeeper Tyler Ampe, giving the Bison a lifeline late in the game. Despite a fast finish with both teams creating some chances to score, neither team would find the back of the net again.
The Tetons outshot the Bison 34-15 Saturday night. After the game, Gregory said he was pleased with the defensive effort his team gave.
“Defensively, we’re pretty strong,” said Gregory. “We’ve got some guys back there that can step in and sacrifice their bodies. At the end of the game, (the Bison) had a couple of opportunities and they capitalized on a goal, but overall I’m happy with the defensive effort.”
The Tetons took on the Bison again on Saturday afternoon. For a score and recap of Saturday’s game, visit www.willistonherald.com.
WSC 2, NDSU 1
WSC 0 1 1 - 2
NDSU 0 0 1 - 2
W Brooks from and Rolfe, 16:56
W Radermacher unassisted, 18:19
N McPhail from Benson, 7:03