Weekend Recap: Yellowjackets finish regular season with tie, loss

The Yel­low­jacket men’s hockey team closed out the reg­u­lar sea­son over the week­end, tying UW-River Falls and los­ing to UW-Eau Claire.

Fri­day night a late third period goal by the Fal­cons forced over­time and led to a 2–2 draw at Wess­man Arena.

UWS led 1–0 after one period on a goal by Marc Fortin. The goal came at the 15:17 mark of the first and was assisted by Nick Stoskopf and Brad Phe­now. The Jack­ets out­shot the Fal­cons 12–9 in the open­ing frame and also had a power play in which they failed to convert.

In the sec­ond period the Fal­cons tied the game at the 12:28 mark on a goal by Willie Hess. The goal tied the game at one with just over seven min­utes left in the sec­ond. The Jack­ets retook the lead on a Joey Mass­ing­ham goal at 18:30 of the third. The goal was assisted by Brett Wold and was Massignham’s tenth of the season.

UWS sur­ren­dered the lead with less than four min­utes left in the game. Adam Card­well beat goalie Drew Strand­berg to make it 2–2.

In over­time the Yel­low­jack­ets out­shot the Fal­cons 4–1 but nei­ther team was able to con­vert as the game ended in a 2–2 draw.

UWS out­shot the Fal­cons 28–27, goalie Drew Strand­berg made 25 saves for UWS.

In their reg­u­lar sea­son finale the Yel­low­jack­ets took the ice to host Eau Claire don­ning pur­ple jersey’s for the annual Stick it to Can­cer game at Wess­man Arena. The Jack­ets took a tough loss falling 4–1 to the Blu­golds in the NCHA matchup.

After going 19:47 with­out a goal, the Blu­golds struck first on a pow­er­play goal by Jor­dan Singer to make it 1–0 after the first. The Jack­ets out­shot Eau Claire 5–2 in the first period.

Singer struck again for Eau Claire at the 7:56 mark of the sec­ond to make it 2–0 for the Blu­golds.  Alex Olson assisted on the goal mak­ing it Singer’s sec­ond of the game. Ten min­utes later, the Yel­low­jack­ets cut the lead in half mak­ing 2–1 on a goal by Wes Jud­nick. The goal was Judnick’s first at the col­le­giate level and was assisted by Tan­ner Dion and Josh Kesler.

But that was all the Yel­low­jack­ets would get as Eau Claire would bury twice in the third to ice the game and a 4–1 victory.

The Jack­ets out­shot Eau Claire 28–16 but the Blu­golds goal­tender Bran­don Stephen­son stopped 27 shots.

The loss for the Yel­low­jack­ets knocked them down one spot in the NCHA rank­ings. Drop­ping that sin­gle spot stripped the Jack­ets of home ice advan­tage, and will be on the road to Duluth to face St. Scholas­tica in the first round of the NCHA play­offs. The Jack­ets fin­ished the sea­son 11–12-2.

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