The Eagan arena was packed to the brim for Thursday night's 1st section playoff game against the rivals from the south. In attendance was a finely dressed ESPN crew (aka B.O.T.G.) to capture the game highlights for the world to see.
The teams would go scoreless halfway through the game until sophomore forward Nick Sherek put the Cats on the board in the second period on an assist from sophomore defense Jonah Miklya.
With less than two minutes left in the game, Rosemount tied it up at 1 a piece. That score would stand sending the game into a tense overtime. Both teams traded shots for the first 7 minutes of a fast-paced 4th period. In dramatic fashion, with just 21.7 seconds left in OT, sophomore Keegan Johnson tapped in the game winner on a precision placed shot from senior defense Trevor Miklya off the pads of Rosemount's goalie. 2-1 Eagan.
No one can dispute the player of the game, Jeremy Manzella, who had an unbelievable performance. The senior netminder turned away 45 shots, including several breakaways, to shut down the Irish attack.
Eagan comes out with a key victory 4-3 in a back and forth battle on the road. The Cats lost the first match-up of the season against the Tigers 4-2 on home ice earlier in the season. But the Wildcats came out roaring Saturday night getting on the board early in the 1st period on a snipe from sophomore defense Jonah Miklya.
Farmington had 3 power play goals to gain the lead. Jonah's brother, senior defense Trevor Miklya, would put in the next two goals in the 2nd and 3rd periods to tie the game at 3 a piece.
Nick Sherek would get the game winner late in the 3rd and the Cats held on to their victory 4-3. Shots on goal were 37-20 in favor of Eagan.
After four straight losses and only four goals in those contests, the Wildcats came out roaring against the Raiders with 6 goals. Three of those at the hands of sophomore forward Keegan Johnson. His linemate, Nick Sherek, ended the night with three assists. Rounding out the other goals for Eagan: Seniors Trevor Miklya, Tim Yetzer and Brandon Wuertz.
The box was a popular place for the Cats as they had to fight off ten penalties, including a rare embellishment call on Johnson. Senior goaltender Jeremy Manzella had a great night in nets with 20 saves. This after a stellar performance three nights prior against Eastview where he turned away 35 shots in a dissapointing 1-0 loss.