By PATRICK SLACK
The Little Falls defense and an excellent effort in net by senior goalkeeper Gabe Ploof held unbeaten and seventh-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral in check for most of Tuesday’s match.
But the visiting Crusaders capitalized on a handball in the box late in the first half and an odd-man rush in the second to pull out a 2-1 win.
The Flyers battled the frigid, windy conditions and a stingy Crusaders’ defense to get several opportunities deep in the zone coming out of the half.
After a near-miss off the post minutes earlier by senior Taylor Kottschade, senior Greg Ross chipped the ball to sophomore Thomas Bell near the front of the box in the 57th minute, with Bell turning and firing a shot off the left post and into the net to even the score.
However, Cathedral would take advantage of a run past the Flyers’ defense to score and take the lead with 13:29 remaining, then hang on to win the regular season finale.
Ploof finished with 17 saves in the match.