RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- The Falcon men's hockey team opened up NCHA play in 2012 with a 4-3 win over UW-Stout on Friday night at Hunt Arena.
UWRF scored two goals in the third period to break a 2-2 tie.
The Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Geoff Shewmake scored from in close at 4:07 with assists to Willie Hess and Jason Yuel. It was Shewmake's 12th goal of the season. At 15:05, Jeff Burke beat Stout goalie Tom Lescovich with a shot from the right point. Adam Cardwell and Justin Brossman got the assists. It was Burke's second goal of the year. The Falcons took three minor penalties in the period and that helped Stout hold a 13-7 advantage in shots on goal.
Stout tied the game with two second period goals. Jordan Tredinnick scored at 44 seconds and Garrett Grimstad scored at 5:32 to tie the game. "We got off to a good start, but then took our foot off the gas in the second period," said Falcon Coach Steve Freeman. "We gave up a couple of bad goals because of loose play in front of our net."
The Falcons grabbed the lead for good at 2:59 of the final period. Andy Inderieden scored his third goal of the year with an assist to Ryan Goodmanson. UWS took two minor penalties with 1:28 to play and the Falcons scored on the five-on-three advantage. John Bullis got the goal with assists to Blake Huppert and Brossman. It was Bullis' second goal of the season.
Stout scored a short-handed goal with just two second to play - Tredinnick got his second of the game.
Falcon goalie Scott Lewan had a busy night making 42 saves. Stout had 18 shots in the second period and 14 in the third. Lescovich stopped 23 shots.
UWRF was 1-5on the power play and Stout was 0-6.
"We regrouped after the second period and played better in the third," said Freeman. "We got more pucks to the net. Stout has good speed and they jump the zone and that makes them touch to defend. But I was happy with the way we finished the game.
"Two points in NCHA play right now are very valuable," said Freeman.
The Falcons host Stout at 7:05 Saturday night in the second game of the NCHA series.