FREMONT, Neb. – The No. 17 Midland University’s Men’s Hockey team extended their winning streak eight games over the weekend as they swept No. 22 University of Alabama. On Friday they beat the Crimson Tide by a score of 5-3 and then the Warriors won on a last minute goal 4-3 on Saturday night. Midland improves to 11-9 with the wins, including a 9-3 home mark. Alabama falls to 9-5 on the season.
On Friday, the Warriors took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. At the 14:05 mark of the opening period Zach Voss scored off of an assist from Trevor Hillman for the lead.
Then in the second period, after Alabama tied the game early in the period, Jake Mullendore found the back of the net twice. The first came at the 12:27 mark off assists from Blake Neuman and Ben Henry. The second game at 18:55 from Voss. The Crimson Tide would pull back within a goal though as they scored on a breakaway with ten seconds left in the period to make it 3-2.
Jason Henry scored the eventual game-winner just 1:58 into the third. He was assisted by Ben Henry and Cy Jenson on the goal. Bama tried to make things interesting as they again pulled back within a score midway through the final period. Voss would add an insurance goal off of a pass from Sam Zweiner with 1:11 left on the clock to seal the 5-3 win.
Things on Saturday were just as close as Midland once again jumped out to a 1-0 lead before the first intermission. Jason Henry scored on a pass from Brad Hepler and Ben Henry midway through the period to state Midland with the early lead.
Luke Sanko would extend that lead to 2-0 at the 8:54 mark of the second off of an assist from Ryan Conybear and Nick Blanchette. Then with 1:10 left in the period, Alabama scored their first goal just after coming off the power play.
In the period they would knot the score at 2-2 less than four minutes. Midland would respond and take the lead back minutes later as Neumann scored on a pass from Mullendore as he knifed down the slot in between the Crimson Tide defense. Alabama scored with 3:36 left in the period on a power play to make it 3-3.
Then with time winding down under a minute, Midland took control of the puck and pushed it down the ice. Voss led the charge before dumping back to McConnell, who sent it opposite side to Trevor Hillman. He fired a hard shot in that caromed off of the goalie’s pads. Voss was there to collect send it the rest of the way in for the game winner with 30.8 seconds remaining in the game.
Midland held the Crimson Tide in check stopping their final attempts over the final seconds for the win.
The two teams will face off against each other once again this weekend, this time down in Alabama. The Friday and Saturday series will be played in Pelham, Alabama at the Pelham Civic Complex. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. each night.