Warriors edge Eagles in a shootout on Wednesday, 4-3
Michigan Warriors 4 @ Soo Eagles (SO) – It took arriving late after a mechanical problem on their bus and then 52 shots on goal, but the Michigan Warriors finally were able to pull out a 4-3 road win in a shootout against the Soo Eagles in the lone NAHL game on Wednesday night.
The two teams traded goals in the 1st period with Soo taking a 1-0 lead on a goal from Matt Menta, only to be answered by Michigan’s Jon Farkas. Shots were also even at 12-12.
Michigan took a 2-1 lead with a goal early in the 2nd period from Tyler Groat. However, the Eagles would respond with a pair of goals from Bruno Birzitis, who gave Soo a 3-2 lead with goals that were seven minutes apart. Sandis Zolmanis and Derek Lodermeier would pick up assists on both of the Birzitis markers. Michigan held a 28-26 shots advantage after two periods.
The 3rd period saw the Warriors launch 21 shots on goal at Soo Eagles goaltender Colin Brennan. One would finally get through as Jake Faiella scored midway through the frame and the game would eventually head to overtime and then a shootout.
In the shootout, Colin Larkin scored the lone goal out of the 10 combined shooters to secure the win for Michigan who improved their record to 12-7-6 with the win. With the shootout loss, the Eagles fell to 8-13-5 on the season.
Michigan goalie Trevor Gorsuch made 36 saves in the win and stopped all five shooters in the shootout, while Brennan made 48 saves in the losing effort.