Tan­gen lifts Le­gion­naires to OT vic­tory

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The Swift Cur­rent Home Hard­ware Le­gion­naires were win­ners of two of their past three games af­ter a 3-2 over­time win over the vis­it­ing Notre Dame Hounds last Tues­day.

Daw­son Tan­gen scored the game win­ner only 14 sec­onds into over­time when his point-blank slap­shot trick­led through Notre Dame’s Clarke Flegel on the only shot in the ex­tra pe­riod.

The Le­gion­naires had trailed 1-0 af­ter be­ing out­shot 22-6 in the first pe­riod and Egor Popov opened the scor­ing with a pow­er­play goal for the Hounds.

The Le­gion­naires were a dif­fer­ent team in the se­cond pe­riod as they fired 19 shots on goal and got goals from Carter Do­erk­sen and Jar­rett Ger­lach 29 sec­onds apart for a 2-1 lead.

The Hounds tied the game 2-2 only 31 sec­onds into the third pe­riod off the stick of An­gus Scott to send the game to over­time.

Kyle Zinger picked up the win with 44 saves on 46 shots. Flegel was tagged with the over­time loss with 30 saves.

The Le­gion­naires im­proved to 8-28-2-1 in the Saskatchew­an Midget AAA Hockey League af­ter play­ing in their fifth con­sec­u­tive one-goal game.

“I thought it was a char­ac­ter win,” said head coach Dale Vossen. “We were miss­ing [Mor­gan] Greve who is a big part of our hockey team. [Con­nor] Odelein went down in the se­cond pe­riod, he is def­i­nitely the heart of our hockey team. We were a lit­tle short-staffed, started two guys short. I thought young Tyde Hutchin­son came in and played re­ally well for a first-year guy.”

Vossen feels the Le­gion­naires have played some bet­ter hockey dur­ing this re­cent stretch of close games.

“The guys are start­ing to play, but we have got to grind. I would like to think we are start­ing to get a lit­tle ma­tu­rity un­der our belts. Guys are start­ing to buy in and they are start­ing to re- al­ize that we can be suc­cess­ful if we stick to the game plan. I think what has hap­pened in the past is ev­ery­body is go­ing to save us and then no­body does. Here I think the guys have re­al­ized that if we con­tinue do­ing what we do then hope­fully we will get good re­sults out of it.”

The Le­gion­naires, who were math­e­mat­i­cally elim­i­nated from the play­offs one week ear­lier, also vis­ited the Regina Pat Cana­di­ans on Wed­nes­day. Check sw­booster.com for re­sults.

The Le­gion­naires now ap­pear to be a more re­laxed team.

“Oh def­i­nitely, that’s for sure,” agreed Vossen. “We talk about that ev­ery­day. I say ‘we have noth­ing to lose now, let’s be spoil­ers, let’s keep Notre Dame from mak­ing the play­offs, let’s make the Con­tacts fight right un­til the bit­ter end to stay in the play­off race.’”

They still have some­thing to play for with grad­u­at­ing play­ers hop­ing to im­press scouts and first and se­cond-year play­ers com­pet­ing for a spot on next year’s team.

“It is a com­bi­na­tion of both. I have told the guys that you know what, you don’t know who’s in the stands. If you guys want to play next year, guys are here look­ing to see who com­petes when there is noth­ing on the line. It is easy to sit back and not give it your best ef­fort. But at the same time you might be hurt­ing your chances next year. The young guys, I told them we are al­ways mak­ing changes and there is noth­ing carved in stone here. So if you want to come back next year you have to con­tinue to im­prove and fight for your spot,” said Vossen.

The Le­gion­naires will now play out the reg­u­lar sea­son with four straight home games. They can al­ter the play­off race this week­end with two games against the Saskatoon Blaz­ers, be­gin­ning Satur­day at 8:15 p.m. and Sun­day at 12:30 p.m. at the Credit Union iplex.

The Le­gion­naires will also host the Notre Dame Ar­gos on Tues­day at 8 p.m.

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