Ben Vikich scored his first two goals of the season and Andrew Rohkohl allowed just two goals over the final 51:00 minutes off the bench to lead St. Thomas Men's Hockey to a 6-5 comeback win over host Hamline. Saturday night's contest at the new Tria rink in downtown St. Paul secured a solo conference title for UST.
St. Thomas (16-8-1 overall, 11-4-1 MIAC) won two one-goal games this weekend over the Pipers in dramatic fashion, and its 10 goals came from nine different players. UST scored with :09 left in regulation Friday at home to take a 4-3 victory.
The Tommies' 34 season points edged St. John's (33) by one for the title. It was the sixth league crown in seven years and 33rd all time for St. Thomas men's hockey.
After gaining just one point in the opening series against St. Mary's in mid-November, Coach Jeff Boeser's squad swept five of seven remanining series to give it enough cushion to overcome two losses last weekend to St. John's.
UST is the No. 1 seed in the five-team MIAC Playoffs and will be home Feb. 24 for a semifinal test.
Hamline scored three goals in the game's first 9:15 and led 3-0 after one frame. Rohkohl had played only three games all season but he came on and stopped 23 of 25 shots over the last 50:45.
The Toms countered with four goals in a 8:46 span of the second to take a 4-3 lead. UST broke a 4-4 tie in the third period with two more goals.
St. Thomas locked up five MIAC winter team championships on Saturday and now has 423 all-time conference regular-season titles.