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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