DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica men's hockey team improved to 3-0 on their season with a 4-3 victory over Concordia University Wisconsin on Friday night.
The Saints had early opportunities to get off to a quick start as they were on the power play about five minutes into the game. The Saints got two shots off but did not connect on either of them. A little later in the period the Saints would open up the scoring with Sam Williams (Winnipeg, Manitoba/River East Collegiate (Melville-SJHL) ) scoring and Joel Paiement (Okotoks, Alberta/Holy Trinity Academy (Calgary Canucks-AJHL) ) getting the assist on the goal. A couple minutes later, the Saints went on the power play once again but were not able to capitalize on it as the first period ended with the Saints having a 1-0 lead.
The first half of the second period saw a lot of pressure from the Falcons and they were able to tie it up at the ten minute mark on a goal by Tanner Bull. CSS answered right back to go back in front as Derek Sutliffe (Las Vegas, Nev./Odyssey Charter School (Langley Rivermen-BCHL) ) scored. The Falcons would go on a power play late in the period and they took advantage as Braden Cone tied it back up going into the second intermission.
CSS would be on the power play to start the third period but did not take advantage of the opportunity, although a couple minutes later Keegan Bruce (Bellingham, Wash./Bellingham HS (Weyburn-SJHL) ) would score to put the Saints up with Dylan Nowakowski (Calgary, Alberta/Centennial HS (Brooks-AJHL) ) and Dave Williams (Okotoks, Alberta/Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (Waywayseecappo-MJHL) ) picking up the assists. About ten minutes later the Falcons would go on another power play but that did not matter to the Saints as Sutliffe set up Kale Derkson(Regina, Saskatchewan/Sheldon Williams Collegiate/Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (Notre Dame-SJHL)) for a short-handed goal to give the Saints a 4-2 lead with five minutes left in the game. The Falcons would get a goal back on another power play goal with a little over two minutes left but the Scholastica defense would stay strong the rest of the way with the Saints getting the 4-3 win.
Tyler Bruggeman (North Mankato, Minn./Mankato West HS (Austin-NAHL) ) made 25 saves to earn the victory for the Saints while Dylan Frank made 26 saves in the loss for the Falcons.
The Saints will be right back at it on Saturday as they take on the Falcons once again in game two of the weekend series. Faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Mars Lakeview Arena.