Road Rules: Peters Cup Opener
Two road teams swiped wins Friday night, and another skated to a
tie as the Peters Cup Playoffs got underway.
UW-Eau Claire defeated UW-River Falls 3-1 at Hunt Arena while UW-Superior won 2-1 at UW-Stevens Point. UW-Stout and St. Scholastica finished in a 1-1 tie.
(6) UW-Eau Claire 3 at (3) UW-River Falls 1
(From UWRF Sports Information)
UW-Eau Claire beat the Falcon men's hockey team, 3-1, in the first game of the best two-out-of-three game NCHA Peters Cup first round playoff series at Hunt Arena on Friday night.
The Falcons, now 16-8-2 overall, will host Eau Claire on Saturday night at 7:05 at Hunt Arena in the second game of the best two-out-of-three game series. If UWEC wins, or the game ends in a tie, they will win the series. The Falcons must win on Saturday to force a 20-minute mini game that would be played right after the regulation game.
UWEC scored the only goal of the first period while on the power play. Kurt Weston banged home the goal after a scramble in front of Falcon goalie Scott Lewan. Tyler Jundt and Travis Peckskamp picked up assists on the goal. There were three penalties called in the period with the Blugolds whistled for two. The Falcons had a 12-9 advantage in shots for the period.
The Falcons tied the game at 11:56 of the second period when Geoff Shewmake scored on a penalty shot. UWEC was called for a slashing penalty and Shewmake tied the game with his 10th goal of the year.
But the Blugolds scored what proved to be the game winner at 15:48 of the final period. Jordan Singer scored with a snap shot from 25 feet right in front of the Falcon goal to make it a 2-1 game. The Falcons were forced to pull Lewan and UWEC's Weston ended the Falcons' chances by scoring an empty-net goal with 20 seconds to play.
The winner of the series advances to the NCHA semifinal game that will be played on Feb. 25. St. Norbert will host one of the semifinal games. The other semifinal host will be the highest remaining seeded team after this weekend's play.
(5) UW-Superior 2 at (4) UW-Stevens Point 1
(From UWSP Sports Information)
STEVENS POINT, Wis. – UW-Stevens Point tallied a goal just 49 seconds in to the game on Friday evening but after that it was all Yellowjackets, as UW-Superior took game one of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) quarterfinal series at K.B. Willett Arena.
Chad Boeckman (St. Louis, MO/Wentzville Holt) scored unassisted just 49 seconds into the first period to give the Pointers the early advantage, 1-0.
In the second, Superior's Chad Blanleil evened the score at the 11:22 mark with the Yellowjackets first goal of the evening.
In the third, UWS's Andy Singerhouse scored the eventual game-winner at the 5:48 mark off a Justin Faryna assist.
The 'Jacket defense held UWSP to just one shot on net in the third period, but UWSP held a 15-13 advantage in shots on net.
Nick Graves (Hewitt, WI/Ashwaubenon) tallied 11 saves on the evening while his counterpart Drew Strandberg earned the victory with 14 saves.
UW-Stevens Point (12-10-4) and UW-Superior (10-9-7) take to the ice in game two of the two-game series Saturday evening at K.B. Willett Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. UWSP needs a win to force a decisive mini game, which will take place, if necessary, following Saturday's game.
(7) UW-Stout 4 at (2) St. Scholastica 4 OT
(From CSS Sports Information)
The CSS men's hockey team lost a four-goal lead and settled for a 4-4 tie with the University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils in the NCHA Peters Cup quarterfinal game on Friday night at Mars Lakeview Arena.
The tie with UW-Stout (8-16-2) gives each team one point going into tomorrow night's matchup in Duluth. A team needs at least three points to advance to the semi-final next weekend so a win tomorrow night is needed to move on.
The Saints started strong as Alex Valenti (Blaine, Wash./Bellingham HS (Merritt-BCHL) ) scored unassisted just 54 seconds into the game to give CSS an early 1-0 lead.
The Saints offense continued at the 12:23 mark when Brenden Bradbury (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Monticello HS/Vincent Massey Collegiate (Waywayseecappo-MJHL) ) scored his second goal of the year assisted by Cody Danychuk (Biggar, Saskatchewan/Biggar HS (Waywayseecappo-MJHL) ) to make it 2-0 in favor of St. Scholastica.
Four minutes later Dave Williams (Okotoks, Alberta/Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (Waywayseecappo-MJHL) ) got in on the action scoring a shorthanded goal from Brandon Nowakowski (Calgary, Alberta/Central Memorial HS (Calgary Royals-AJHL)) to put the Saints up 3-0 heading into the first intermission.
The Blue Devils replaced starting goalie Tom Lescovich with Nick Hopper to begin the second period. It didn't seem to make much difference to CSS as Tyler Miller (Fort Frances, Ontario/Rainy River HS (Thunder Bay-SIJHL) ) scored a power play goal 1:20 into the period from Carter Davis (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan/Central Collegiate (Waywayseecappo-MJHL) ) and Brett Corcoran (Parksville, British Columbia/Ballenas Secondary (Trail Smoke-BCHL) ) to give the Saints a 4-0 advantage.
The game would go 17 minutes without a goal from that point but the drought was broken by Stout's Zach Vierling as the Blue Devils finally answered to cut the Saints' lead to 4-1. Garrett Grimstad and Sam Carr earned assists on the play. The Saints would hold onto the three-goal advantage heading into intermission number two.
The Blue Devils cut the lead down by another goal 4:47 into the third when Carr scored on assists from Vierling and Grimstad to make it 4-2 CSS.
With just under five minutes to go in the game the Blue Devils continued to chip away at the lead when Grimstad scored an unassisted goal to make it 4-3 Saints.
Chris Stafne would prove to be the Blue Devils saving grace when he found the back of the net with under two minutes to left to tie the game up at four a piece. Casey Kirley and Jordan Tredinnick were credited with assists on the play. The tying goal was the last of regulation and the teams prepared for an overtime period.
The overtime period was a physical one as the Saints and Blue Devils fought for the game-winner. Both teams had golden opportunities with less than 30 seconds to go in the extra period but neither could convert and the game ended in a 4-4 tie.
Colin Rundell (Tees, Alberta/Lacombe Composite (Alaska-Fairbanks) ) made 42 saves for the Saints in the tie and his record on the season is now 11-7-5.
Corcoran's assist gives him a team leading 33 points on the season with 17 goals and 16 assists. Davis' assist and Miller's goal put them in a three-way tie for second with Jeremy Dawes (Winnipeg, Manitoba/College Jeanne Suave (Portage-MJHL) ) all having 25 points this year.
The Saints (14-7-5) and Blue Devils will meet again tomorrow night at Mars Lakeview Arena for game two of the quarterfinal series. The 7:05 p.m. puck drop can be seen live on the GameCentral portal at csssaints.com