Defenseman Bob McDonald gets ready to blast a shot at the net during an offensive possession Saturday night.
Defenseman Bob McDonald gets ready to blast a shot at the net during an offensive possession Saturday night.
The Eagle River Falcons men’s hockey team improved their 2018-’19 season record to 3-0 over the weekend, winning both Friday and Saturday to keep themselves within sight of the top spot in the Great Lakes Hockey League (GLHL).

Saturday’s 7-5 win over Fond du Lac was preceded Friday night by an overtime thriller as an Alex Hauswirth score off the power play was the deciding factor in a 6-5 win over De Pere.

Friday’s game saw Eagle River jump out in front 1-0 on a Dylan Weber goal just 30 seconds into the first frame. De Pere tied it up with 13:38 to play in the first on a power-play goal by Matt Pearson.

The back-and-forth game then got going as first Eagle River’s Lucas Otto scored off an assist from Hauswirth. De Pere answered that goal just nine seconds later to tie it at 2-2, which is what it stayed until midway through the second when the Deacons took the lead, and then minutes later increased that lead to 4-2 on back-to-back goals.

Eagle River cut the lead to one with 1:28 left in the second when Anthony Caroselli took assists from Dustin Madlung and Charlie De­Puydt to make it 4-3.

In the third, the Falcons tied it up at the 16:13 mark when Mike Otto scored on an assist from brother Luke, which made it 4-4.

Just 22 seconds later the home team took the lead on a Madlung goal which came off assists from both Ottos, making it 5-4 Eagle River.

De Pere then added the game-tying goal with 14:15 to play, which is how it would stay until late in the first overtime when Hauswirth’s game-winner came on the power play off assists from Brandon Dorn and Mike Otto.

Michael Madosh picked up the win in goal, stopping 38 of 43 shots he faced. Jake Jankowski took the loss, allowing six goals on 41 shots.

Saturday night was another exciting affair for the Falcons, who following an early goal from Fond du Lac, built a two-goal lead in the first, and a three-goal advantage in the second before the Bears stormed back to cut the lead to one with 1:54 in the game.

As Fond du Lac made one last-ditch effort at tying the score up, Lucas Otto would find the empty net with 17 seconds to go, which sealed the deal for the Falcons.

For the second consecutive night Madosh was outstanding in goal for the Falcons, this time stopping 42 of 47 shots he faced to pick up another win.

Eagle River was again outshot, thought they made the most of their 39 attempts, scoring seven goals, one of which came on the empty net in the third.

Scoring for the home team in the first were Mike Otto and Dylan Weber as they put the Falcons up 2-1.

Caroselli lit the lamp again in the second, as did Jake Robinson, when they were sandwiched around a Fond du Lac goal which made it 4-2 going into the third.

In the third, Hauswirth made it 5-2 before the Bears came back with two to make it 5-4.

Lucas Otto then scored on the power play to make it 6-4 on assists from Mike Otto and Hauswirth. He’d add the empty netter to finish the evening with two goals and an assist. Mike Otto scored once and assisted on two more, as did Hauswirth.

After three games at home inside the Eagle River Arena, the team heads away from the Dome to face Fond du Lac again on the road Dec. 15.

After that they will travel to see West Bend on Dec. 22 and Marquette, Mich., on Jan. 4 to open play in 2019.

The next home contest for Eagle River is set for Jan. 5 when they face West Bend at 8 p.m.