The Saint Mary’s University Cardinals faced off against the University of St. Thomas Tommies Friday night in a nail-biting 3-3 tie. The Tommies and the Cardinals fought fearlessly for the top spot all evening to end the game in a tie in overtime.
Cardinal’s forward Austin Balko (Midland, Mich.), started off the game with a goal early in the first period—Balko’s tenth goal of the season. At the end of the first period, the Cardinals were up 1-0.
Eight minutes into the second period, UST came back to tie up the game with a goal from Riley Horgan. Minutes later, a minor penalty was given to UST for roughing and SMU defensemen Brad Denney (Fishers, Ind.), put the Cardinals back in the lead, scoring from the top of the offensive zone on the power play.
Going into the third period, the Cardinals had a minute remaining on a power play advantage, but were unable to put the puck in the net. The Tommies came back to tie the game with a goal from Tommy Westmark in the middle of the period. The Tommies pulled ahead with 3:07 left in the last period when Brandon Bahnemann let a wrist-shot go above the shoulder of SMU goalie, Jason Horstman (Faribault, Minn.) putting the Tommies up 3-2.
With two minutes remaining in the period, the Cardinals took a timeout and the home crowd cheered ‘S-M-U,’ hoping their encouragement would push their team to victory. The Cardinals pulled their goalie following the timeout, giving them an extra man advantage on the ice. With 11.9 seconds left in the game, forward Kevin Wentland tied the game for SMU and the game headed into overtime.
The overtime period remained scoreless as the final buzzer went off, ending the game in a 3-3 tie. The Tommies (5-5-1 MIAC, 10-9-1 overall) and the Cardinals (3-4-1 MIAC, 4-12-2 overall) had another chance at the win the when they hit the ice in St. Thomas’ arena Saturday night. St. Thomas pulled ahead and handed the Cardinals a loss, 6-2.