You wouldn’t usually attribute slow starts to a team that scores 15.5 goals a game. But Buffalo head coach Chad Hayda said it’s something that has been common for his Bison this season.
“We’ve had a problem coming out slow all year long, so that was nothing new, just kind of another annoyance for us,” he said.
It was a problem again at Mound Westonka on Wednesday night, as the Bison battled the White Hawks on a slippery grass field.
Kellen Baklund opened the scoring for the White Hawks (7-6, 2-1), and Brandon Knock added two goals early in the second quarter to put them up 3-0 after 15:22 of game time. It took 16:42 of game time for the Bison (13-0, 6-0) to finally get on the board, as Layne Kology cut into the deficit.
After a slow start, Buffalo defeated Mound Westonka 19-7 on the road on Wednesday night to remain undefeated this season.
The White Hawks (7-6, 2-1) had control of the game early, as Kellen Baklund scored on his team’s first shot of the game. Brandon Knock added two long-distance goals early in the second quarter to give the White Hawks a 3-0 lead.
The Bison (13-0, 6-0) started their comeback 80 seconds later. Layne Kology and Mithcell Helmbrecht scored goals 15 seconds apart to quickly cut the deficit to a single goal. Ethan Nuss then scored the equalizer and provided the assist for Kology’s go-ahead goal with 1:32 left in the first half. That put Buffalo up 4-3, a lead it would take into halftime.
After Kology finished off his hat trick early in the third quarter, the White Hawks fought back. Baklund scored two goals 54 seconds apart to complete his hat trick and tie the game 5-5. The Bison took back control quickly. They scored five goals in under three minutes to go ahead 10-5. Helmbrecht finished his hat trick and Nuss added his fourth goal to make it 12-5 heading into the fourth quarter.
Kology, Nuss and Helmbrecht combined to score all 16 of Buffalo’s 19 goals, with Kology scoring seven and Nuss scoring six.
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