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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

MLA boys edged by Ely in overtime


Dan Lingle

Moose Lake Area Rebel Logan McNulty makes a miraculous save February 17 against the Ely Timberwolves.

Ely scored first and last and it was enough for the Timberwolves to win as the Moose Lake Area boys hockey team was edged 2-1 in an overtime heartbreaker on Parents and Senior Night as the regular season wrapped up on Friday, February 17, in Moose Lake.

The Rebels were out-shot 34-21 and period-by-period it was 12-8, Ely; 10-8, MLA; 12-3, Ely; and 2-0, Ely. The Rebels went 0-for-1 on the advantage while the Timberwolves cashed in on one of three power play opportunities.

Ely's first goal was an assisted power play and came at 2:40 of the first period. MLA answered as Forrest Jendro, a senior at East Central High School, ended his nights at Riverside Arena with his first goal of the year to go to four points. The Rebels' second-leading points-getter, senior Nick Wegge, closed his time on home ice with his 13th assist to go along with seven goals for 20 points. That goal, to make it 1-1, was an even strength goal and came at 11:15 of the first frame.

There was no scoring in the second or third periods. Ely had out-shot MLA only 20-18 going into the third period, but increased the shots on goal spread to 32-21 heading into overtime. Senior goalie Logan McNulty, who was accustomed to being severely peppered with an extremely disproportionate number of shots all season long, was having a very solid night. McNulty stood his ground and stopped 31-32 shots with the game knotted up at 1-1.

The eight-minute overtime began with the goalies switching ends to defend. But just 1:12 into OT, an Ely player was close in and alone on the bench side and scooted an unassisted game-winner under McNulty. The senior net-minder ended up posting a .939 game saves percentage for his final night between the pipes.

During the course of the season and with 22 times as the starting goalie, McNulty bravely faced a barrage of 747 shots on goal and made 637 saves. McNulty earned all three of MLA's wins over the Legacy Christian Lions.

Sophomore goalie Danny Whited was always at the ready. Whited started three games and pinch-hit during six occasions. Whited faced 167 shots on goal and made 134 saves.

Mike Knezevich, a junior forward, held on to be the Rebels leading points-getter with 16 goals and seven assists for 23 points. With Wegge in second place with 20 points, three Rebels were in the hunt to be the Rebels' third-leading points-getter. Moose Lake senior Wyatt Lampel earned the honor as a defenseman with seven goals and eight assists for 15 points. Junior forward Mark Fossum had six goals and eight assists for 14 points. Freshman forward Jordan Fjosne had five goals and eight assists for 13 points. East Central High School sophomore forward Vern Anderson III made the double digits with two goals and eight assists for 10 points.


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