The kids on the Fergus Falls Maroon pee wee team keep finding a way to bring home at least one win every weekend this season. This particular weekend saw two games with teams in the district and the chance to gain points in the standings. Coach Ryan Tungseth’s team is currently ranked Tenth in the district with twelve points total.
In the first matchup the otters hosted the Alexandria Pee Wee B Black team. This is the second team from Alexandria our maroon team has faced this season and it brought another exciting Friday night tilt.
Once again the Alex Cardinals got off to a fast start and got past otter goalie Brady Metcalf for five goals in the opening period. Cole Haabala led the charge for Alex with a goal just 37 seconds in to the game, and he finished with four assists on the day. The otters held strong and battled back when Landon Schulz knocked the puck past the Cardinal goaltender with the assist from teammate Griffin Babolian at the 1:30 mark in the first.
The Otter boys played disciplined hockey and played very well together as a team with strong plays coming from their defense manned by the likes of Ian Mccollough and Bailey Danner. The final score of this game does not dictate how competitive the actual game was to watch, but alas the otters fell to Alexandria by the mark of 10-1. Fergus Falls goalie Brady Metcalf had 35 saves on the day.
The Otters got an important road win and a boost in the standings with a strong offensive game on Saturday at the Walker community ice arena. The playmakers for the Otter Maroon team showed up in full force today and treated the fans that made the road trip to hat tricks by two different players.
Offensive juggernaut Brayden Nelson scored his first goal of the night to get the Otters going at the 13:22 mark of the first period. The team displayed strong skating and puck skills and kept the scoring going with Griffin Babolian notching the next two goals of the opening period both assisted by Brayden Nelson.
The Walker Ice Wolves played strong in the next stretch of the game and held the Otters off the board until the 9:41 mark of the second period when Nelson struck again with his second goal of the game, this time assisted by Wyatt Briese. The Otters kept things rolling on a strong shot that made it through the walker defense just ten seconds later as Griffin Babolian found his third goal and hat trick at the 9:31 mark. Assisting on the play were Avery Kenyon Woessner and Landon Schulz.
Walker would battle back and put one on the board midway through the second, but the otters were not finished in the scoring department. Just nineteen seconds after Walker scored Griffin Babolian would charge down the ice and nail his fourth goal of the night to keep the otters offense red hot. Babolian has been a leader on this team from day one.
As the second period wound down at the 1:18 mark scoring for Fergus Falls was Avery Kenyon Woessner assisted by Bailey Danner and Landon Schulz. The Ice Wolves kept their hopes alive by chipping in a goal with 14 seconds left.
This night belonged to the Otters though as Brayden Nelson continued to show his skills by scoring and notching his hat trick with the only goal in third period coming at 9:25 in the contest.
The Final score had the Otters defeating the Ice Wolves 8-2.
The pee wee B Otters played excellent team hockey tonight and showed everyone they will be a force to be reckoned with as the season continues.