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    Legacy's Jordan Swinheart, left, and Broomfield's Tanner Smith battle for the ball during Tuesday night's Front Range League showdown.

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    Legacy's Daniel Marks and Blake Hansen close in on Broomfield's Michael Mooney during Tuesday night's Front Range League showdown.

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    Legacy's Joey Joiner tries to move past Cameron Broadhurst of Broomfield during Tuesday night's Front Range League showdown.

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    Broomfield's Nate Holland tries to hold off Jordan Swinheart of Legacy during Tuesday night's Front Range League showdown.



WESTMINSTER – Brandon Hansen may have had the toughest job of all Tuesday night.

The Legacy sophomore goalkeeper entered the game in the second half of a Front Range League showdown with rival Broomfield, and the sophomore was challenged repeatedly over the next 60 minutes.

Hansen made seven saves through the second half and two overtimes, including two diving stops in the final minutes to help preserve a scoreless tie between the seventh-ranked Lightning and No. 3 Broomfield at North Stadium.

“It’s difficult, but that’s my role on the team,” Hansen said of entering the game in the second half. “I’m a team player. I’ll play wherever the team needs me, I’ll play when they need me. I’ll be there for my team.”

The draw – which was the first overtime game for either team this fall – creates a three-way tie atop the Front Range League standings. Legacy (9-2-1, 7-1-1) is knotted up with Boulder and Fort Collins with three games remaining. The Lightning visit Fossil Ridge on Thursday and host Fort Collins next Tuesday.

“Our last games will continue to test us,” Legacy coach Tony Romano said. “That’s something we need in preparation for playoffs. I’m excited about it. Right now this team is in control and has an opportunity to pursue a conference championship.

“They’ve got three big games ahead of them, so it’s not going to be easy.”

Broomfield (10-2-1, 7-2-1) has two games remaining on its schedule. Eagles coach Jim Davidson said the team’s focus is more on where it will fall with RPI than the league standings, but added that Tuesday’s night game was worth the price of admission.

“It went back and forth and there was a stretch there where both teams got a little fatigued,” he said. “Both teams tried to create some chances there at the end. I do think both teams tried to win the game, which I think is exciting for everyone.”

Legacy had its best chances early, peppering Broomfield keeper Jose Ogaz with four shots on goal in the first half. The Eagles started to swing the momentum late in the half though against Ivan Castillo, and then again early in the second half with Hansen in net.

“We started to find some space and we tried to adjust a little bit from what we were doing in the first half,” Davidson said. “We just struggled a little bit with the final ball tonight and finishing obviously.”

Hansen recorded four saves in the second half, with his defense doing a good job of clearing out some other Broomfield chances.

“Right now the reality is we have two goalies who are both doing a great job,” Romano said. “Brandon did a great job and Ivan did a great job in the first half. I’m proud of both of them.”

In the second overtime, Broomfield’s Tanner Smith had perhaps the team’s best look of the night. Smith lined a shot to Hansen’s right, but the sophomore made a diving deflection.

“The first one I thought was an exceptional save,” Davidson said. “Tanner got a good look there at the top of the box and there were some bodies in front. I think he saw it late and he made a great reaction.”

Just more than two minutes later, Triston Austin sent an open shot to Hansen’s left, but again the keeper dove to keep the ball out of the net.

“I’m just doing my job. I consider saving as part of my job,” Hansen said. “That’s my role on the team.”

Ogaz finished with six saves on the night for the Eagles, including a nice stop with 20 seconds remaining.

“It was a great game. Jim’s teams are always extremely well-organized and talented, and this team is no exception,” Romano said. “They were very strong, individually very well put-together and well-organized.

“I walk out of this game tonight to my boys saying ‘the reality is, you don’t go deep into the playoffs if all you can do is deck. You have to be able to defend against quality teams. Tonight was a big step for us.”

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Broomfield 0, Legacy 0 (2 OT)

At North Stadium

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Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Ogaz 100-0-6; Legacy: Castillo 40-0-1, Hansen 60-0-7.