Men’s Hockey Weekend Recap: Jackets win border battle, fall in weekend games

The UW-Superior Yel­low­jack­ets men’s hockey team opened a three-game week­end with a vic­tory with bor­der rival St. Scholastica, but then lost the next two games to UW-Stout and an exhi­bi­tion loss to the United States National Devel­op­ment Team.

Thurs­day the Jack­ets edged St. Scholas­tica 4–3 in their final NCHA con­fer­ence meet­ing before the Yel­low­jack­ets will move to the WIAC con­fer­ence for the 2013–2014 sea­son. UWS held a 2–1 lead after the first period with goals by Joey Mass­ing­ham, his ninth of the year, and another by Michael Rey. After a score­less sec­ond period, the Saints stuck first in the third two min­utes in to tie it at two.  It would stay that way until the 9:03 mark of the third when Josh Kesler would score the first of his two goals in the period to put the Jack­ets up 3–2. The goal was unas­sisted. Kesler buried another at the 14:14 mark of the third to give UWS a two goal lead. The goals were Kesler’s third and fourth of the year. But the Saints cut that lead in half three min­utes later on a pow­er­play goal by Dave Williams. The score would hold up how­ever as the Jack­ets hung on to the lead and earned the vic­tory. Ryan Pinon­iemi made 27 saves for the Yel­low­jack­ets and was part of a penalty kill that sti­fled the Saints to one goal in five pow­er­play opportunities.

The Jack­ets headed to Menomine on Sat­ur­day for a con­fer­ence bat­tle with UW-Stout. The Jack­ets were met with a solid goal­tender who allowed just one Yel­low­jack­ets goal as they fell 4–1. The Blue Dev­ils scored three goals in the sec­ond to blow the game open. John Forsythe scored for the Yel­low­jack­ets in the first period to even the score but it would be the only goal they’d get as Stout goalie, Nick Hop­per, stopped 30 of 31 shots to pro­pel the Blue Dev­ils to the vic­tory. Ryan Pinon­iemi took his sec­ond loss of the year as he made 19 saves in the loss.

The Jack­ets played host to the U.S. National Devel­op­ment team on Sun­day in an exhi­bi­tion game at Wess­man Arena. The Jack­ets fell 7–1 in the friendly con­test. The devel­op­ment pro­gram, based out of Ann Arbor, Michi­gan, fea­tures some of the country’s top Division-I col­lege hockey tal­ent also played UM-Duluth on Sat­ur­day dur­ing their trip to the Twin Ports.

The Jack­ets (11–9-1, 6–7-1 NCHA) are back in action this week­end as they visit UW-Stevens Point.

Image cour­tesy of Emily Johnson
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