Photo Courtesy of Tom Stuart
Game two on March 3rd proved to be more of the same, as Bandolier squeaked one out, 4-3. Andrew Knutson opened the scoring fifteen minutes into the game, when he was the fortunate recipient of a rebound kicked out to him after Duluth Dynamo Goalkeeper Dave Guetschow made the initial stop of a shot on an aggressive sliding save. Unfortunately for Guetschow, the ball landed right on Knutson's stick, and he quickly one timed it into the back of the net. Tommy Stone, who some believe was the difference in the championship series, would make a miraculous leg save on Duluth's best offensive chance of the first half, kicking out a point blank shot from Dynamo forward Brent Palmer. Duluth would finally get on the scoreboard with 9:00 left in the first half on a goal by Pat Green that looked as if it may have fooled Stone as it trickled into the far side of the net just inside the post. Jon Keseley would break the tie just a minute and a half later when he scored off a corner stroke with a low hard shot that beat Guetschow between the legs, an opportunity the Dynamo goalkeeper undoubtedly would like back. Bandolier would add to their lead with just over two minutes left in the half when Andrew Knutson hit John Arundel with a short pass as Arundel came gliding in on net and fired a point blank shot past a sprawling Guetschow to make it 3-1. The half would end that way, with Bandolier holding the two goal advantage.
The second half would turn into a goaltending battle, as Guetschow and Stone made several difficult saves to keep the score at 3-1 for Bandolier. Stone would stop a barrage of shots with 23:00 left in the match, which surely affected the psyche of Duluth Dynamo, who must have wondered how they would ever come back against a goalie that looked to have no weaknesses on this day. Stone's counterpart at the other end, Dave Guetschow, would need to make some highlight saves of his own as Dynamo sacrificed defense for more offensive opportunities in their attempt to climb back in the game as it wore on. Their gamble would finally pay off as they scored to make it 3-2 with 21:15 left in the second half, on a Pat Green rebound goal off a long free stroke shot, his second of the game.
Dynamo continued their offensive push in an attempt to get the tying goal, and that would cost them in their own end, as Keseley scored his second goal of the game with just 11:00 minutes left in regulation. On the play, Keseley was left alone to drive up the right boards, angle towards the net, and from his favorite spot on the ice twenty feet from the goal, drilled a laser of a shot into the far upper corner of the net. Scoring from that area of the ice has become Keseley's bread and butter this season, and Guetschow was helpless in trying to stop his bullet of a shot.