FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University was able to rebound from a two-goal deficit and defeat Waldorf University 5-4 on Wednesday night. The battle of the Warriors was the second of a rescheduled series slated for early December and began with a 9:30 p.m. puck drop at Sidner Ice Arena. Midland improves to 10-10 on the season and 5-5 in Midwest Collegiate Hockey play. Waldorf falls to 5-11 overall and 5-7 in league play.
It was a back and forth affair during the late night game as Midland jumped out to a 2-0 lead early. Tanner Mros and Hamish Campbell both scored in the first period. Luke Sanko and Kean Kontor assisted on Mros’ goal while Jesse Stepp and Fletcher Chun set up Campbell.
Things looked good for the home team with a two goal lead with nearly a minute to go before the first intermission. However Waldorf would strike twice in the final 1:01 to even the game at the first break.
In the second Waldorf was able to not only take the lead but extend it as they score two more in the first 11:05 of play. One goal came short-handed as they caught Midland in a line change.
With time winding down in the second Midland got a goal back with a Ryan Conybear one-timer on the powerplay. Drew Carriere and Mason Cirone set up the defenseman as he fired it in top shelf with a lot of velocity at the 19:25 mark.
Eight seconds later Tyler Kupka found hole in the Waldorf defense as he scored the equalizer for Midland just before the second intermission.
During the final period each team had their chances as Midland put ups 13 shots and Waldorf countered with 10 of their own. Only one shot found the back of the net though. Kupka scored the eventual game-winner at the 12:41 mark off assist by Conybear and Campbell.
Waldorf would pull their goalie the last minute of action, and the extra attacker led to some quality shots, but Tymen Edelkoort and the Midland defense kept them off the board to secure the one goal victory.
“It wasn’t a good-looking win by any means,” commented head coach Jason Cirone. “We made our fair share of mistakes and our energy wasn’t there tonight. A win is a win though and we’ll look to play better this weekend against a tough McKendree team.”
Midland will take on McKendree in a two game series on Friday and Saturday, January 24-25 in Fremont. Puck drop on Friday is set for 7:45 p.m. and the 7:30 p.m. on Saturday inside Sidner Ice Arena. McKendree currently sits atop the MCH league standings while the Warriors are third. Friday’s game will also serve as Military Appreciation Night as Midland welcomes all military members and veterans to the game.