Jackets tie, beat River Falls in weekend road series

UWS takes over sole pos­s­e­sion of sec­ond place in the NCHA after three-point weekend

The UW-Superior men’s hockey team was back on the road again Fri­day and Sat­ur­day trav­el­ing to UW-River Falls for an NCHA matchup. The 12th ranked Yel­low­jacket men skated to a 1–1 tie Fri­day night and beat the Fal­cons 3–2 on Sat­ur­day night tak­ing three of four points in the week­end con­fer­ence series.

Fri­day night’s game fea­tured lit­tle scor­ing and few penal­ties. Score­less after the first period the Fal­cons took advan­tage of five on three advan­tage to notch the games first goal at the 4:38 mark of the sec­ond. Fal­con for­ward Willie Hess took a favor­able carom of the end board and stuffed it past Jacket goal­tender Drew Strand­berg for his sec­ond goal of the season.

The Fal­cons defense sti­fled the Jack­ets for much of the game tak­ing away sev­eral good scor­ing chances for the Jack­ets through­out the night.

Tak­ing their 1–0 lead into the third, UW-River Falls goal­tender Scott Lewan had his shutout bid snapped as the Jack­ets finally put on the board near the mid­way point of the final period. Kevin Clark beat Lewan on a wrist shot from the point to tie the game. Assisted by Pat Dal­bec and Joey Mass­ing­ham, the goal was Clark’s first of the year and of his career.

The Jack­ets a good oppor­tu­nity late but it was spoiled by the Fal­cons defense again.

The game went into over­time and even as they out­shot the Fal­cons 5–1 in the extra frame the Jack­ets couldn’t get the game win­ner and the game fin­ished a draw.

Superb goal­tend­ing car­ried both teams Fri­day night as Strand­berg stopped 26 shots for UWS and Lewan stopped 34 for the Fal­cons. The Jack­ets didn’t con­vert on their only pow­er­play chance of the night while River Falls con­verted one of their three.

On Sat­ur­day night the two teams bat­tle for almost two peri­ods. Score­less late in the sec­ond, Jeff Forsythe took a shot from the point that was deflected and Pat Dal­bec col­lected the loose puck and snuck it past Lewan with 0.3 sec­ond remain­ing on the clock to give the Yel­low­jack­ets a 1–0 lead and an edge in momen­tum head­ing into the final period. The goal was Dalbec’s sev­enth of the year and he extended his impres­sive scor­ing streak to an impres­sive 11 games.

Mid­way through the third River Falls tied the game at one on a goal by Zach Schroten­boer. But a lit­tle over a minute and a half later, Brad Phe­now took a pass and beat the Fal­cons defense and Lewan for his sec­ond goal of the year and made it 2–1. Forsythe and Ryan Hill assisted on the goal. The Jack­ets notched another goal later to make it 3–1. The goal was scored by Andy Singer­house who took a pass from Cody Hotchkin behind the net. Singerhouse’s fourth of the year was also assisted by Josh Kesler.

The Fal­cons scored 29 sec­onds later and made it 3–2 but UWS was able to keep the Fal­cons from devel­op­ing any chances late in the period and sealed the deal for a 3–2 win.

Strand­berg stopped 19 shots in the series finale while Lewan stopped 14. It was the first time this sea­son UWS was outshot.

The Yel­low­jack­ets (8–2-1, 5–2-1 NCHA) now are just two points behind NCHA leader UW-Eau Claire.

The Jack­ets will host Augs­burg Col­lege on Fri­day at Wess­man Arena. It will be the final game for the Jack­ets in the fall semester.

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