By PATRICK SLACK
It was a clash of strength versus strength, as the stingy defense of Little Falls met up with the high-powered offense of St. Cloud Apollo, Thursday.
In the end, defense prevailed, as the Flyers used a four-goal spurt in the second period to come away with a 4-2 road win.
St. Cloud Apollo entered the game having scored at least three goals in 13 of its 16 games, while Little Falls hadn’t allowed more than three all season.
One of the main reasons for that has been senior goaltender Michael Stumpf, who stopped 28 shots to earn the win in net.
Neither team scored in the opening period, but the Eagles got on the board only 32 seconds after the first intermission to go ahead 1-0.
The Flyers answered with four unanswered in the middle of the period, though, including three in a four-minute span by senior Spencer Fenske, junior Mark Anez and freshman Thomas Miller.
A five-minute major penalty put the Flyers down a man late in the second, but senior Nathan Adamietz came through with a short-handed goal nonetheless to stretch the lead to 4-1.
It appeared that lead would hold until the third, but the Eagles snuck a power-play goal through with 13 seconds remaining in the period to close the gap to 4-2.
Apollo couldn’t cut into the lead any more in the third, though, as the Flyers’ defense clamped down to seal the win.
Seniors Ben Newman and Austin Bjorge each had a pair of assists in the game.
Little Falls 4, St. Cloud Apollo 2
Little Falls 0 4 0 – 4
St. Cloud Apollo 0 2 0 – 2
SCA: Omann, 0:32.
LF: Spencer Fenske (Ben Newman, Austin Bjorge), 2:06 (pp).
LF: Mark Anez (Luke Majerle), 5:03.
LF: Thomas Miller (Newman), 5:59.
LF: Nathan Adamietz (Miller, Bjorge), 15:04 (sh).
SCA: Breidenbach (Christen, Kenney), 16:47 (pp).
Saves: LF-Michael Stumpf: 28; SCA: 19.