BoMacs drop tourney final

Despite outshooting their opponents from Bismarck, N.D. by a 35-13 margin, and carrying the play for most of the game, the local Bantam BoMacs came up short Sunday in the final of the International Invitational Tournament in the Falls.
Scoreless through the first two periods, Bismarck got on the board first in the third but Ryan Hampton tallied shortly afterwards to knot things up at 1-1.
But Bismarck netted the game-winner with just four minutes to play, beating BoMacs goalie Jamie Booth to ice the tight 2-1 victory.
BoMacs coach Dave Egan said his team has been competitive in most of the tournaments they’ve played this season, adding they simply ran into some hot goaltending in the final.
“We ran into a pretty hot goalie,” echoed co-coach Brad Fairnington. “We had a lot of shots, not all quality shots, but we had some good chances.”
The BoMacs opened action with a 17-1 trouncing of Beraga, Ill. on Friday morning, then downed DePere, Wis. 5-2 on Saturday afternoon to earn a berth in the championship final.
Ross Anderson led the way with a hat trick against DePere, with Cole Hayward and Jeff Savage adding singles. Blake Carlson was stellar in goal for the BoMacs to pick up the win.
No goal scorers were available in the Berago blowout.
Fairnington said he was surprised his team dominated the first two games, especially against Beraga.
“I thought the Falls would have put us up against the toughest team in the tourney but that wasn’t the case at all,” he noted, adding the Americans employed a fast-skating system with little emphasis on body contact.
Teams from North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois took part in the eight-team, three-day tournament.
The BoMacs’ next tournament action is April 3-5 in Winnipeg.