In a matchup of the two best boys hockey teams in the Big Rivers Conference, not to mention the state of Wisconsin, Nate Verbracken's second-period goal proved to be the difference in a 6-5 come from behind victory Saturday in Superior.
Memorial and Superior played at a fast pace throughout a first period that saw seven combined goals. Trailing 1-0, Memorial broke through for two quick goals by Jefferson Dahl and Hunter Scott to take their first lead of the game. But Superior stormed back, and thanks to a goal by Chris Bishop, took a 4-3 lead after the 1st period, knocking Memorial keeper Brady Sand from the game.
But the Old Abes outscored the Spartans 3-1 in the second period. Verbracken tied the game with his first goal of the afternoon, and Scott's second tally put Memorial up 5-4. Tied at 5, Dahl was awarded a penalty shot, which hit the crossbar and bounced out. However, Verbracken picked up his teammate, scoring the game-winning goal to power Memorial to the win that improves the top-ranked Old Abes record to 7-0.