The Faribault Falcons boys hockey team defeated Rochester Century 2-1 in overtime at the Faribault Ice Arena Thursday night.

Sophomore Owen Nesburg scored the game winner unassisted with 1:01 to go in the extra period on a scrambled goal.  By that I mean the Falcons were frantically trying to score when Nesburg found himself just above the red circle to the left of the goalie.  He lifted the puck, junior Conor Cozik elevated attempting to catch the puck.  It went off his glove into the net and the Falcons were victors.

Both goalies had great saves to keep the score low.  At the end of regulation shots on goal were 35 for the Panthers, 31 for Faribault.  Totals for the game Century 41. Falcons 35.

Both teams were 0 for 4 on the power play.

Rochester Century scored the first goal 11:28 into the game.  Sophomore TJ Gibson got the score, his 11th of the season with assists from junior Aidan Swee (6) and freshman Aiden Emerich (4).

The Falcons tied the game when Blake Vinar lifted the puck over the glove shoulder of the metminder 10:06 into the third period.  It was the senior's second of the year and was scored on senior night.  Classmate Lucas Linnemann tallied his second assist of the season.

Faribault came into the game with the fourth best power play in the Big Nine (34.8%) but finished 0 for 4 on the power play.

The Falcons were third on the penalty kill in the conference and were perfect in that department.  Rochester Century  ranked 6th on power play and 9th out of 12 teams on the penalty kill.

Faribault hosts Dodge County Tuesday night at 7:15 p.m. The Falcons lost an overtime thriller to state ranked Mankato East Tuesday of this week after a thrilling win last Saturday in Winona.

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