Oregon Tradesmen traveled south to Wentzville for a weekend series against the St. Louis Jr. Blues. Two tightly contested games saw both teams earn a victory and keep pace in the NA3HL Central Division.
The host Jr. Blues drew first blood in the Saturday opener taking a 5-3 win. Jeb Lindy made 27 saves in net for the home team who scored a pair of goals in the first and third periods.
Trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes the Tradesmen struck quickly to begin the second on shorthanded tallies by Dylan Dent and Parker Severson.
St. Louis would restore their two-goal advantage midway through the third before Jacob Best scored to make it 4-3. An empty net goal with 1:09 remaining sealed the victory for the Blues.
The Sunday matinee began similar to the previous game with St. Louis taking a 1-0 lead early in the second frame. Severson continued his scoring prowless with a pair of goals – his sixth and seventh of the season – to help the Tradesmen to their first lead of the weekend.
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Eli Bowers made his debut in net for Oregon stopping 24 of 26 shots faced. Both goals against were scored by Joey Solimando, who tied the game with 14:12 to play in regulation.
Despite both teams having scoring opportunities, including a Tradesmen shot that rang off the goal post in the final minute, the game would need overtime to find a winner.
That winning goal came at 2:02 of overtime when Sam VanderHoeven punched the puck in the net to secure the two points in the standings and a happy bus ride back to Oregon.
Oregon Tradesmen (5-2-0-0) return to action next weekend with a showdown at the first place Rochester Grizzlies (6-0-0-0).