The Wadena-Deer Creek boys’ hockey team opened the 2014-15 campaign at home against Ely/Northeast Range Saturday afternoon.
The Wolverines built a 5-2 lead after two periods, but the Timberwolves scored three times in the third to force overtime and the visitors went on to win 6-5 in the first game of the season for both teams.
Josh Daigneault, assisted by Dylan Phillips, opened the scoring with a goal at 15:07 of the first period.
After Ely/Northeast Range got the equalizer less than two minutes into the second period, Phillips and Jarrett Pettit scored a little more than a minute apart to put W-DC up 3-1. Daigneault assisted on Phillips’ goal, while Pettit’s was unassisted.
The Timberwolves closed the gap to 3-2 with a tally at 9:01 of the period.
An unassisted power play goal by Phillips and another power play goal by Drew Killian, assisted by Mitchell Janson and Austin Sutherland, gave the Wolverines a three-goal advantage heading into the final period.
Ely/Northeast Range scored three times in the third period, all at even strength, to send the contest to overtime.
The Wolves didn’t waste any time in the extra session, scoring just 19 seconds into overtime to steal the win.
Wadena-Deer Creek was outshot 35-26, with goaltender Reid Miller making 29 saves for the Wolverines.