FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In a matchup against the top two teams of the NAIHA, Midland University faced off against Indiana Institute of Technology three times this past weekend. The Warriors of Midland came into the weekend looking to secure the top spot in next month’s postseason tournament while the Warriors of Indiana Tech were looking to take over the top spot in the conference. Midland had their chances in each game but came up just short down the stretch each time.
On Friday it was Midland striking first with a goal by Zach Voss just past the halfway mark of the opening period. Indiana Tech would get the equalizer though before intermission and then after playing even most of the second they took the lead with less than four to play.
Tech would extend their lead with an empty-net goal late in the game as Midland was pushing to tie the game with an extra skater. MU would get that goal with under a minute to go but they ran out of time, falling 3-2. Blake Neumann scored the final goal for Midland on Friday.
Saturday’s game saw plenty of scoring by both teams. Indiana Tech pushed three goals past the Midland defense in the opening period while Luke Sanko scored Midland’s lone goal of the period. In the second Trevor Hillman and Cy Jenson helped tie the game up with goals in the first five minutes of action. Tech however would regain the lead just before the break.
Tech carried that momentum into the final period scoring twice more for the 6-3 victory. Midland was outshot 13-5 in the period and 35-24 in the game.
Saturday’s game proved to be best of the series for hockey fans as there was a little bit of everything. There were plenty of penalties and goals to go with as the Warriors battled each other one last time in the regular season. Midland was whistled for 14 penalties totaling 31 minutes while Indiana Tech had 12 penalties for 24 minutes. Each team also had four goals in regulation before an exciting overtime period.
Midland’s first score came from Jesse Stepp on the power play in the first to even the game. Jenson and Mullendore then each added a goal in the second to make it 3-2. Then Trevor Hillman scored the final goal in the third to put Midland up 4-3. Tech would even the game though spoiling the potential game-winner.
In overtime it was Indiana Tech who found the back of the net first. Scoring on their lone shot of the extra time. Midland had three shots in OT and 27 for the game. Tech finished with 33.
Midland (19-8-0) will close out their regular season this upcoming weekend. The Warriors will play a three-game series with Waldorf (5-20-0). It will be the 8th, 9th and 10th meeting between the schools this season. Midland has won each game by an average score of 6-1. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday in Albert Lea, Minnesota.