In a wild game at a packed Haynes Pavilion last Saturday, the MSU Hellcats lost a heart-breaker to the Montana Tech Diggers, 8-6. The Hellcats had an early 5-0 lead but couldn’t hold it as penalties and puck possession played key roles in the loss.
The Hellcats started strongly, scoring four goals in the first period, including a fast break goal by junior Cliff Davis, who deked his defender and the goalie in one move. Both squads were rarely at full strength due to penalties, making for a high-scoring affair.
The Diggers quickly mounted a comeback, tying the game at five points with 4:59 left in the second period. MSU started scoring two minutes into the third period during a power play. The Diggers, and junior Ryan Vekved, answered a little over a minute later to tie at six. The Diggers then scored goals with 11:41 and 6:35 left in the game, pulling away for the victory.
The Hellcats played their hearts out for a rambunctious crowd, but were unable to control the puck for the majority of the game, making it difficult to run time off the clock. Their next games will be against Vandal Friday, Feb. 10 at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Haynes Pavilion at the fairgrounds.