The Devils Lake Firebirds have one heck of a goalie. Reegan Reule got a workout Thursday night, Dec. 22, at home agains the Grand Forks Central Knights.
The Devils Lake Firebirds have one heck of a goalie. Reegan Reule got a workout Thursday night, Dec. 22, at home agains the Grand Forks Central Knights. The Knights controlled the puck and the flow of the game two of the three periods, keeping the Firebirds on defense on their own zone of the ice. Reule was kept busy most of the game.
The first period was very even. Play at both ends of the ice, and seven saves for Knight goalie Aaron Nielson, and eight for Reule. The first ended with no score.
The Knights got their first goal of the game on a Firebird five on four power play. The Firebirds just couldn’t clear their blue line, and with just under a minute left on the Knight penalty Hunter Moreland for the Knights hooked one around the goal past Reule. They got their second goal five minutes later from Kyler Briske.
The real highlight of Firebird play during the night was a five on three power play for the Knights. A slashing call and a bench foul put two in the box for the Firebirds. But they kept the Knights out of the crease, and Reule did a fantastic job when the puck did get past the Firebird defense. A couple of Knight offside calls slowed the game a little for the Firebirds until they were at full strength again.
The Knights got 16 shots on goal during the second period, and Reule knocked away or smothered 14 of the shots. The Firebirds only got four shots on goal, and they were in the last couple of minutes in the second.
The Firebirds had a couple of more chances in the third with power plays from Knight penalties, but even then couldn’t get the puck out of the Firebird zone. Then Knights Cole Hanson scored the third goal of the game at the seven minute mark. The Knights played catch to control the tempo the rest of the way.
They pulled Nielson for less than a minute with four minutes left in the game. The Firebirds ended the night down a man due to two penalties, but they—and Reule—kept any more pucks from the back of the net.