For the first time in over a month the Eagle River Falcons were unable to answer an offensive barrage as five consecutive third-period goals were too much to overcome against the Mosinee Papermakers, which got their first win in four chances this season over the Falcons in a 6-3 finish last Saturday night in Eagle River.

“Overall we played well I thought, just didn’t execute in a few areas when we needed to,” said manager Bob McDonald. “The puck just didn’t bounce our way in the third period.”

A defensive battle and showcase of goaltending in the first period saw just one goal scored as Mosinee’s Kyle Heck was able to slip a shot by Falcons’ goalie Richard Yeshe to give the visitors a 1-0 lead going into the second.

There, Eagle River wasted little time getting things back to level ground as Jacob Robinson notched a goal just 48 seconds into the period off assists from Zach Kennedy and Dylan Weber to knot the game at 1-1.

Midway through the period after Mosinee’s Trevor Hoth was whistled for a high-stick penalty, the Falcons used the man advantage to gain the zone as Alex Racino put the home team up by a one, scoring off assists from Todd Koritzinsky and Mike Otto to make it 2-1 Falcons.

Both teams managed to get through the period without any further damage. Mosinee then took advantage of a fortunate bounce off a rebound, turning what could have been a 3-1 Falcons lead into a tie game as Mosinee’s Omar Mullen knotted the score two minutes into the third.

The tied turned the momentum in favor of the visitors as just 40 seconds later it was Tom Lentz who scored for Mosinee to make it 3-2 Papermakers. Three more goals, two which came off the stick of Mullen who ended the night with a hat trick, would put Mosinee up 6-2 with 6:20 left in the third period.

Kennedy would notch a late goal for the Falcons with just over five minutes to go in the period, assisted by Devin Sauvola and Seth Johnson, to make it 6-3.

Ryan Miech of Mosinee got the win in goal, stopping 37 of 40 shots on the night. Yeshe stopped 32 of 38 in the loss.

“It was a tough loss, but we’ll regroup and be ready for the big weekend ahead,” said McDonald.

With the win Mosinee jumped into a tie for first place in the league standings with 15 points, alongside Fond du Lac. Eagle River sits alone in third place with 11 points followed by Marquette (9), Fox Cities, Calumet and De Pere all with eight points, Portage Lake (6) and West Bend (3).

Calumet is set to visit the Dome this Friday for an 8 p.m. game with the Falcons. Saturday the team will welcome Fond du Lac. That game is also set for 8 p.m.