Eagan, MN — After a devastating loss to South Suburban Conference opponent Lakeville North on Tuesday, the Eastview Lightning looked to bounce back with a win on the road against the Eagan Wildcats — its biggest conference rival.
The Lightning fell behind but a second-period hat trick from Nate Bordson and an early third-period goal from senior forward Noah Desrocher erased the deficit en route to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory for Eastview at Eagan Civic Center.
With the momentum in favor of the Lightning in the first few minutes of the game, it surely seemed they would be the ones to strike first. But it would be Eagan junior forward and assistant captain, Nick Sherek, who found the net first just 3:38 into the game, sniping one over Eastview senior goalie Ben Beattie off a pass from sophomore forward Jonny Meiers.
The Wildcats would carry their momentum the rest of the period and head into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.
The second period, however, might as well have been called “The Nate Bordson Show.”
Bordson’s natural hat trick saw the senior captain net all three goals in the second frame to give the Lightning a 3-1 lead and all the momentum heading into the third period.
Bordon’s first goal would come on the power play four minutes into the period. After receiving a pass from defenseman Lenny Nunn just inside the blue line, Bordon fired a shot past senior goalie Brandon Toussaint before coming back six minutes later off a failed clear from Eagan defenseman Eli Dolney that hit Bordson standing in the slot. The puck dropped right in his wheelhouse and Bordon made no mistake as he slapped it home top shelf.
Bordson completed the hat trick with less than a minute remaining in second period as teammate and defenseman Jason Hill stood firm at the blue line to keep play alive in the offensive zone. The puck worked itself down to forward Zach Anderson who would keep possession against two Eagan players despite falling down. He would careen the puck back onto his stick before dishing it off to Bordson in the slot who buried his third goal of the game past Toussaint.
Entering the third period, it looked to be a continuation of the second as Desrocher made it 4-1 just two minutes in on his backhand shot from the goal line would deflect off an Eagan defender and behind Toussaint.
The Eagan bench almost seemed defeated after the goal, but just one minute later it would be defenseman Matt Bergom taking a shot from just inside the blue line that found its way through a pile of bodies in front of the net to cut it to 4-2.
The spark was alive and well again on the Eagan bench as the Wildcats attempted to mount a comeback.
The game continued to be back and forth with big chances for both teams while each goaltender came up with crucial stop after stop.
The outstanding goaltending from Beattie would be broken one more time in the third as Sherek tucked a shot over his on a breakaway with five minutes remnaining in regulation as Eagan crept closer to completing the comeback at 4-3, but the Eastview netminder stood tall the rest of the way despite some hairy moments as the clock wound down.
A controversial kneeing call with under four minutes left, put the Wildcats back on the defensive with a penalty to kill but after effectively killing off the minor penalty, Eagan pulled Toussaint in favor of an extra attacker in the final minute of the game. Despite controlling the puck in the offensive zone on the 6-on-5, Eagan couldn’t crack Beattie as the Lightning defenders contained the Wildcats to the corners and did not allow them a quality chance to score.
The puck came out to the point with 10 seconds left, but an attempted pass was tipped out of the zone allowing the clock to hit zero.
Beattie held the Lightning in the game, stopping 21 of 24 shots to pick up his 10th win of the season as Eastview improves to 14-4.
Eagan dropped to 13-4 in what was a solid performance from both teams, but only one would come out on top.
Eastview extended their lead over Eagan in the South Suburban Conference Standings to four to remain in second-place behind the Rosemount Irish. The Lightning now put their focus on Burnsville as they host the Blaze on Tuesday in what is sure to be another entertaining game.
As for the Wildcats, they will face-off against Farmington, a familiar opponent, in their next bout. Eagan defeated the Tigers, 7-1, in their first match-up of the season.
1st – F Nate Bordson, Eastview, (Sr.) 3G, 0A, 3Pts
2nd – F Noah Desrocher, Eastview, (Sr.) 1G, 0A, 1Pts
3rd – F Nick Sherek, Eagan, (Jr.) 2G, 0A, 2Pts
Written by Nathan Hamernik / @MN_HS_HockeyHub
Special to HockeyClan
Main Image: Eastview senior captain Nate Bordson scores one of this three goals in the second period to lead the Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Eagan Wildcats on January 27, 2018 at Eagan Civic Center. (Photo courtesy of Shawn Gilson)
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