Minnesota Falls Late In Madison
By: Tanner Jurek
The Minnesota Wind Chill fell late to the Madison Radicals on Friday. A game full of drama and runs ended with 3 straight scores from Madison that gave the Radicals a 20-17 victory. Ryan Osgar led the offense with 5 assists, Michael Jordan and Charles Weinberg each had 3 scores and Colin Berry led the defense with 4 blocks.
The First Quarter
The Wind Chill started the first quarter strong going up 1-0 on a Ryan Osgar to Sam Bumsted connection, then a quick break from Colin Berry to Brandon Matis made it 2-0. That’s when the runs started.
Madison scored 4 straight points to make it 4-2. This was already a stark contrast to the previous matchup between these teams that featured extremely efficient offense from both sides.
The Wind Chill fought back and tied the game up 4-4 before letting up another quick run from Madison. The first quarter ended sloppily but Madison held a 6-4 lead.
The Second Quarter
The second quarter started with a quick score from Madison to make it 7-4 but Minnesota fought back again. A quick score from Michael Jordan made the score 5-7. Strong defense and a huge Colin Berry sky over the much taller opponent brought the score back to 6-7.
More strong defense gave the Wind Chill a tie game after an assist by Ben Feldman to Charlie McCutcheon. After runs back and forth for both teams, the game calmed down and the teams traded points, the second quarter ended 7-7.
The Third Quarter
The third quarter started and both teams exchanged points until the score was 12-12. A quick Minnesota score from Charles Weinberg and strong defense and a score from Charlie McCutcheon put the Wind Chill up 14-12. The teams traded points as the clock winded down. The Radicals got a score to make it 15-14 with 19 seconds left but the Wind Chill were able to work the disc upfield and beat the buzzer with a big huck from Ryan Osgar to Colin Berry.
The Fourth Quarter
The Wind Chill started the fourth quarter looking to hold onto a 2 point lead. However, a quick score for Madison’s offense and a quick break for Madison’s defense tied the game up. The Wind Chill stopped the bleeding to make the score 17-17 but that’s when the game started to go Madison’s way.
Madison took advantage of a tired Minnesota team and scored 3 straight times to win the game 20-17.
An overall disappointing game, but the Wind Chill have a lot to be excited about. The team was missing some key offensive pieces, stifled Madison for most of the game and should be a much stronger team come playoff time. If these teams meet up again in the playoffs, expect a great game.
Cole Wallin of Minnesota Grey Duck fame made his Wind Chill debut in Madison on Friday. Wallin had an assist and 2 goals stepping in on offense with the absence of Jason Tschida. Wallin brings big game experience and will certainly bolster the team going forward.
The Wind Chill are coming home to play Detroit next Saturday at the National Sports Center, they’ll play the Mechanix in a game they’ll need to win to keep pace with Madison and Indianapolis in the Midwest Division playoff race. In two previous meetings, the Wind Chill have beaten Detroit 34-17 and 34-24.
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