The Wolves had a handful of opportunities to score in the first half of Saturday’s home game with Crookston.
Cody Sagen had two chances, Jensen Rice two long shots that were denied, and Elliott Johnson, Zavion Kirk and Izak Kirk each put a shot on goal.
Crookston scored twice in the first half and four more times in the second as Walker-Hackensack-Akeley tired and gave up some late goals.
“We should have scored at least twice in the first half. We had some good shots, [but we] just didn’t capitalize,” Coach Hank Scheinost said. “We have a lot of people capable of scoring [but] we just hold the ball one touch too long. We did some encouraging things passing the ball, [but] we still don’t get the ball wide enough and that condenses the defense.”
Freshman Elijah Vandeveer made his first start in goal and had nine saves in the first half and 10 in the second.
Rookies Forrest Merten played the entire game in the middle and Matt Biessener played most of the game in the same position. Logan Arndt was moved up on from defense in the first half and had two good scoring chances in the second half.
Fergus Falls blank Wolves
The Wolves had a couple of great chances to score in the early minutes of Thursday’s home game with Fergus Falls.
Sagen put a shot on goal that the goalie stopped, but the rebound was there for the taking and no one reacted in time.
A short time later Josh Kuhlmam knocked a shot away but an Otter was there to knock in the rebound for a 1-0 lead. With momentum on their side, the Otters scored four more times over the final 22 minutes, including the fifth goal with under 15 seconds left in the opening half on their way to an 8-0 win.
“They played the long ball so well and we ended up getting backed up in front of our goal, and they took advantage. We can’t play that game,” Scheinost said.
Kuhlman finished the first half with nine saves while Vandeveer denied 11 shots in the second half.