Moose end season, win first playoff game

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The Moose ended their regular season play with an away game against the St. Michael-Albertville Knights. On Feb. 12, in front of a full arena, the Moose were playing to solidify their spot in the section. The first period was evenly matched as neither team put the puck in the net. Despite a power-play chance for the Moose, there were no goals in the first. In the second period, the Knights started with 45 seconds remaining on a power-play off a Moose penalty. With just seconds left for the power-play, the Knights scored, to take the lead. Five minutes later, the Knights scored their second goal. Spencer Nelson responded four minutes later as he shot and scored from the corner after a setup pass from Oliver Winsor. The second period ended with much more scoring than the first period, though, with the opposing team ahead by one goal. Going into the third, the Moose had to overcome a one-goal deficit. It wasn't until the last two minutes of the game that any goal was scored for either team. At 2:04, Colton Jones skated past the Knights' defensemen to set up a breakaway. Jones skated into the offensive zone and scored an unassisted goal. This goal forced sudden death. Two minutes into overtime, the winning goal was scored and the Knights won 3-2 The loss Tuesday evening against St. Michael-Albertville placed the Moose as the seventh seed in Section 8. For the first round of the section playoffs, the Moose took on the 10th seed Becker-Big Lake Eagles on Saturday at home. Both teams understood the importance of this game in that a loss would signal the end of the season. This understanding was seen in both teams' intensity and effort.
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