Game two of the 2017-18 Amery boys' hockey season may appear to have been very similar to the season opener played one day earlier - when looking at the score line. But despite suffering another two-goal loss, 2-4, the Warriors were much improved when facing St. Paul Highland Park.
"We played with much more enthusiasm tonight," said Amery Coach Tim Henningsgard. "We discussed limiting mistakes and playing with energy, and I thought our boys did much better in these areas tonight."
That being said, Highland Park (2-0) jumped out to a quick lead, scoring two even strength goals in the first 10 minutes.
However, Amery (0-2) rallied back with a goal by Jackson Henningsgard at the 11:02 mark of the opening period. He was assisted by Grady Martin and Ryan Van Blaricom.
After a scoreless second period, the Warriors continued their comeback as Fletcher Kjeseth scored 1:33 into the third period off an assist by Mac Smith.
Highland Park took advantage of a rare power play at the 16:03 mark to reclaim the lead. and then scored again 32 seconds later at even strength against an empty net.
"Giving up the game-winner in the last minute on the power play is a tough way to lose.," Coach Henningsgard said. "Hopefully we will have the character to bounce back from this one on Tuesday."
Amery outshot Highland Park, 25-20, while Amery goalkeeper Adam Doroff tallied 16 saves. Highland Park spent 10 minutes in the penalty box, committing five infractions while Amery committed just two penalties for 4 minutes.