Raging Bulldogs take it to the limit

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The Freeburg-Waterloo Raging Bulldogs will play a decisive third game in their Mississippi Valley Club Hockey Association Varsity 2A semifinal series against Collinsville.

The Raging Bulldogs dropped their semifinal opener to Collinsville on Monday night, 3-2. Jacob Dinkelman and Joe Lugge scored the goals for Freeburg-Waterloo, assisted by Nathan Metz and Donovan Knuckles.

“Their goalie single-handedly beat us in game one,” Freeburg-Waterloo head coach Scotty Roberts said. “The shots were 48-15. I don’t think we played a bad game. We just couldn’t score.”

The loss put the Raging Bulldogs in do-or-die mode for Tuesday’s contest in the best-of-three playoff series.

Freeburg-Waterloo bounced back in a big way on Tuesday, winning 7-2. Logan Ganz and Knuckles each recorded two goals and an assist on the night. Lugge added a goal and three assists and Nick Mumford also contributed three assists.

“All three offensive lines contributed to the scoresheet,” Roberts said. “We were able to find the back of the net early and often.”

Game three against Collinsville takes place 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex in O’Fallon.

The Raging Bulldogs went 21-3 during the regular season, including wins in both games against Collinsville, to secure a first round playoff bye.

Collinsville went 13-7-4 during the regular season and downed Vianney in two games to win its first round playoff series.

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