NORTHFIELD, Minn. – In front of a capacity crowd, Hamline University's Mitch Hall scored at 3:09 of the 3-on-3 overtime period to give the Pipers the extra point after a 2-2 tie with the St. Olaf College men's hockey team on Saturday night at St. Olaf Ice Arena.
Hamline (2-14-2, 2-7-1 MIAC) twice held the lead in regulation, but St. Olaf (4-10-2, 2-4-2 MIAC) rallied on both occasions to tie the game, including a game-tying goal from senior Sawyer Jacobson at 4:18 of the third period. After the Oles took a minor penalty to create a 4-on-3 power play for the Pipers, Hall buried a slap shot from the slot to give Hamline the second point in the standings.
Mitch McPherson opened the scoring for the Pipers at 10:56 of the first period, tossing the puck in from a sharp angle on the left after junior goaltender Noah Parker made a sprawling save just seconds before. The lead lasted less than four minutes, however, as senior Tobias Gabrielsen put away a one-timer from the middle of the right circle off assists from juniors Roshen Jaswal and Tuukka Totro on the power play at 14:29.
The score remained locked at 1-1 until Bailey Martin tallied a power-play goal for the Pipers at 10:37 of the second after being found on the back door by Taylor Trapp.
Jacobson registered his third goal of the season inside the first five minutes of the third period, collecting a stretch pass from Luke Ranallo before seeing his initial effort from the right side denied by Evan Robert. The loose puck went right back to Jacobson, who slotted it home past a standing Robert from an acute angle to even the game at 2-2.
The teams combined for just three shots on goal in the five-minute 5-on-5 overtime before Hall's goal ended it in the ensuing 5-on-5 session. The game officially goes in the books as a tie with the stats from the 3-on-3 period not counting in the season totals.
St. Olaf held a slim 30-28 advantage in shots on goal in the game. Parker finished the night with 26 saves, while Robert at 28 for Hamline.
Prior to the game, St. Olaf held an on-ice ceremony for the grand opening of St. Olaf Ice Arena.
The Oles face nationally-ranked Augsburg University next weekend in a home-and-home series, beginning at St. Olaf Ice Arena on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.