Megna earns Eagles victory in thrilling shooting contest
January 14, 2022
Jayson Megna proved to be the hero on Friday night, scoring the game-winning goal in a thrilling shootout that saw Colorado overcome a 4-1 deficit. Goaltender Justus Annunen stood tall and carried his team to victory, making 25 saves on 29 shots. Several Eagles have recorded multi-point games, with Jordan Gross leading the team with three assists and a shootout goal.
Admirals defenseman Matt Donovan broke the ice first, completing a cross pass that slid through Annunen’s five holes to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead just 1:10 from the start of the first period.
Just over four minutes later, the Eagles tied the fight on a power play count by Alex Beaucage. Beaucage fired home a rebound from the left wing circle, after a shot from forward Callahan Burke bounced. Admiral Graham Knott’s forward slipped the puck between Annunen’s legs just 40 seconds later. His quick shot from the right under the net put Milwaukee up 2-1.
Later in the period, Colorado defenseman Andreas Englund took a four-minute spear penalty that gave the Admirals the lead. Milwaukee forward Egor Afanasyev then landed a shot from the high slot that went on the blocker side with 1:58 left in the period.
Milwaukee didn’t extend their lead until 1:07 into the second period, when forward Fredric Allard fired a shot from the top of the slot, weaving the puck past Annunen and sinking it into the back of the net .
Colorado forward Gabriel Fontaine passed the puck to Burke to score on a breakaway shot that slipped through the legs of Admirals goaltender Connor Ingram. The goal cut Milwaukee’s lead, making it 4-2 with 10:08 left in the second period.
Shortly after, Admirals forward Anthony Richard found himself in the penalty box with a holding and high-sticking penalty, putting Colorado on the power play for four minutes. Eagles forward Kiefer Sherwood scored on the double minor with a wrist shot from the face-off spot that escaped Ingram’s glove, making it 4-3.
Early in the final frame, Eagles forward Dylan Sikura fired a rebound from the end boards behind the net into the corner of Ingram’s net to tie the game at 4.
Neither team was able to score and take the lead for the remainder of the third period, which sent the game into overtime. At the end of the five-minute overtime period, the score remained at 4-4, leaving the game to be decided in a shootout.
Thanks to multiple saves from Annunen and goals from Jordan Gross and Jayson Megna, the Eagles won in a shootout and ended the game 5-4.
The Eagles return to action tomorrow night to take on the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday, January 15 at 7:05 p.m. MT at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO. Tickets for all regular season games are on sale now and start at just $19. You can find more information about ticket packages, theme tickets and promotional nights by visiting ColoradoEagles.com or calling the Ticket Department at (970) 686-7468.