Penalties get the best of the Mullets

By Meghann Norrbom

Including the game-winning goal, Minnesota Blue Ox captain Philip Schader scored twice fending off the Minnesota Mullets to a 5-4 win in the first road game of the weekend.

The Mullets of Forest Lake would get the lead early in the first when the Mullet’s top point scorer Nate Holm slipped a goal past Blue Ox goalie Brady Boudreau. The Blue Ox would tie up the game at 14:32, of the first, when Orlando Scherz took a pass from Halme and Kause to give Scherz his fifth goal of the season.

An eventful second period was started by the Mullet’s when they got their second goal of the night. A short-handed goal, the Mullet’s Nate Holm, made the score 2-1. On the power play, the Ox’s captain Philip Schader answered quickly scoring his first goal of the game with Mueller and Swenson tallying the assists. Two minutes following, the Mullets were back on top. Nearing the end of the period, the Blue Ox’s Pitleck and Dorf lined up perfectly with Gunnar Gibbs to tie up the game yet again. With one second left in the second period, the dynamic duo of Kause and Scherz strike again giving the Blue Ox their first lead of the night.

Heading into the third period, the Minnesota Blue Ox are up 4-3. 4:17 into the third period the Mullets tie up the game. A minute later, at 5:22, Schader clears one past the Mullet’s goalie on a cross-ice pass from Worre and Lund.

Minnesota Blue Ox goalie Brady Boudreau would tally the win against the Mullets. Boudreau finished with a save percentage of .840 and he blocked 21 shots on goal in the road win.

The Blue Ox converted on 1 of 4 power plays and had 30 shots on goal in this Friday night road win. Following this win, the Minnesota Blue Ox are now 8-1-1 on the season.