Johnnies down Oles, 5-2, in final game at Northfield Ice Arena

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NORTHFIELD, Minn. – First year Tyler Bump scored his first-career goal and added an assist but visiting Saint John's University defeated the St. Olaf College men's hockey team, 5-2, in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) play on Friday night at Northfield Ice Arena.

Bump's first collegiate goal tied the score at 1-1 late in the opening period for St. Olaf (3-3-1, 1-1-1 MIAC), but Saint John's (4-2-1, 2-1-0 MIAC) scored the game's next three goals to pull away. The game was the Oles' final contest at Northfield Ice Arena before they move into their new on-campus arena in January.

After Robb Statuz had given the Johnnies the lead with a power-play goal at 12:15 of the first period, Bump evened it up at 1-1 at 17:43 off an assist from Tobias Gabrielsen. From the right boards, Gabrielsen found a streaking Bump up the middle of the ice and Bump got a backhand shot through the legs of Andrew Lindgren.

Saint John's broke open a 1-1 tie with two goals in the second half of the second period, beginning with Stautz's second power-play goal of the game at 12:10. Joe Chitwood extended the Johnnies' lead to 3-1 after two, scoring at 16:36 of the second.

Evan Okeley extended the Johnnies' lead to three, 4-1, at 3:46 of the third before Kyle Rimbach made it a two-goal game with his team-high third goal of the season. Gabrielsen and Bump earned assists on Rimbach's goal at 9:22, as Rimbach jammed in a rebound after Bump's initial shot was saved just nine seconds into a St. Olaf power play.

Kyle Wagner added an empty-net goal for Saint John's with 1:39 to go to end any thought of a late St. Olaf rally. Reigning MIAC Men's Hockey Athlete of the Week Noah Parker made 44 saves for the Oles for his fourth 40-save effort of the season, while Lindgren made 11 stops for the Johnnies.

Saint John's outshot St. Olaf by a 49-13 margin in the game that included 19 combined minor penalties.

The two teams complete their weekend series on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.

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