For the second time in as many games, Carter Sanderson would record a hat trick for the Oahe Capitals, this time tying the game twice and netting the overtime goal as the Caps beat the Aberdeen Cougars 5-4 in OT Friday night.
Aberdeen picked up two first period goals on a screened shot from Jacob Grau followed by a pass from Jadon Jorgensen threading the needle to Brady Huff to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead after one. Oahe would strike back in the second period as Ashton Griese scored his first of the game to tucking in a shot to pull within one. A minute later Sanderson scored his first tying the game at 2-2. Late in the period, Dre Berndt’s shot, which was straight on to Cougar goalie Carson Hundstad was deflected by Griese putting in his second goal of the game and giving the Caps its first lead 3-2 at the end of the second. Jaxon Danielson scored within the first two minutes of the third period to tie the game and Carson Myhre scored his first varsity goal to give the Cougars the lead back 4-3. The Caps went 1-3 on the power play but the one tied the game as Sanderson had his second unassisted goal to tie the game and nearly ended the game in the final minute hitting the crossbar flush, but bouncing straight back out. Sanderson wasn’t going to be denied in overtime as Griese carried the puck into the zone, his shot was blocked and went straight back to Sanderson who found the back of the net as the Caps beat an improved Cougar team 5-4.
The Caps outshot Aberdeen 32-27 as Carter Schulz made 23 saves and the penalty killers were able to kill off all four power play opportunities. The Caps will now face Watertown, who lost to Sioux Falls 1 7-0 on Friday. Coverage will begin today at 4:10 with the girls game and then at 8:10 for the boys game on Capital City Rock, capitalcityrock.com and on YouTube at Capital City Rock Sports with Jon Winkler on the call.