Day three at the Minnesota NIT had the TW Seniors playing the Michigan Juniors. TW Seniors got shutout goaltending from Garrett Larson and Gavin Abric, and three different goal scorers to shut out the Michigan Juniors 3-0.
With the win TW Seniors play for the championship Sunday against Michigan Seniors.
TW played a scoreless first period with the play being pretty even. But the second period had TW break open with what proved to be the game winning goal from Dylan Fox. He caught a stretch pass from Jack Helle and went in a scored on a breakaway with just over 9 minutes left in the second period for a 1-0 lead which they carried to second intermission.
TW got a 2 goal lead vey early third period when Cole Danielson put back a rebound with a backhanded shot for a 2-0 lead. and with just over 5 minutes left TW cemented away the win with Chad Larson scoring.
All the while the netminder duo of Garrett Larson and Gavin Abric had an answer for the Michigan offense totaling 33 saves combined.
About 12:15 Sunday TW Seniors will meet the Senior class of Michigan for the NIT title.
Meanwhile the TW Junior team after losing their first game has put together a couple of solid games and on Saturday they beat a very physical North Dakota team 5-3.
Goaltending like their upper classmates shined on this day for them also.
Just over 11 minutes left first period Mack Keryluk got a pass from Riley Jelenik at the left dot and fired a wrist shot and scored for TW.
Barrett Brooks, who scored a pair of goals Friday repeated that feat again today. Casey Roepke forced a turnover which Brooks scored on for a 2-0 lead.
With time running out first period Alex Thundercloud gave TW a 3-0 lead after one period with a slapshot low and thru traffic.
The second period NoDak was able to get two of those goals back. Joe Heinert scored a couple minutes into the period then NoDak used a power play goal by Peter Loyland for a 3-2 deficit.
But once again TW scored in the final seconds of the period. Caden Carlson gathered a loose puck by the back post and tapped it in for the 4-2 TW lead thru 2 periods.
The third period had NoDak playing hard with a lot of pressure in the TW zone. With just under 8 minutes left W got the second goal from Barrett Brooks. He finished off a tic tac toe rush and TW was back ahead by 3 at 5-2.
TW goalie Jacob Mork was put to the test by NoDak in the third period and they got a power play goal from Kyler Briske to get the game to 5-3. With their goalie pulled after that Mork when needed stuffed any hope of a rally and TW had a 5-3 win.
TW Junior on Sunday will play the third place game at about 10:30 am against their classmates from Michigan their Junior squad.