Blue Devils complete sweep of Finlandia

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EAGLE RIVER (December 12, 2018) - UW-Stout made it two in a row over Finlandia University, taking advantage of two early penalties to take the weekend series with a 7-4 win Saturday at the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) Sports Arena.

The Blue Devils (9-4-1) jumped on the Lions in the first period for two power play goals within less than two minutes of each other. Arturas Laukaitis scored his team-high seventh goal of the season at 8:13 and Raphael Gosselin scored at 9:44 to make it 2-0 in the first collegiate game played at the 86-year-old dome.

Eagle River native Adam Kresl gave Stout a 3-0 lead at 11:14, scoring his first goal of the season, playing in front of a home town crowd.

The Lions made it 3-1 when Timo Kocar scored his second goal in as many nights at 16:48 and Stout went into the first intermission with the two goal lead.

Stout ran off three consecutive goals in the second period, with Mathias Ahman scored at 5:22, Trent Olson scoring at 8:34 and Logan Nelson scoring at 11:59 to match Laukaits with seven season goals.

Finlandia's Tyler Watungwa made the score 6-2 at 15:02, but Austin Jackson got the goal back three minutes to conclude Stout's scoring to make it 7-2 at the end of the second period.

Finlandia scored twice in the third period, first when Bryce Mitzel scored at 10:13 as Stout allowed it's first power play goal since Nov. 28. Connor Hannon closed out the scoring at 15:59.

Tommi Ahlgren picked up his seventh win of the season, making 15 saves. The Blue Devils chased starter Santen Seppinen after he gave up three goals and made 11 saves. Marcus Gloss came on to make seven saves, but gave up four goals.

The game was special for the Blue Devils' Kresl, who played in front of his hometown fans for the first time since his high school days at Northland Pines. The Blue Devils held a youth clinic earlier in the day. As Kresl signed autographs, he told Andrew Goldstein of WJFW TV-12, "Pretty much every great memory I have from youth is here on this rink. I've had really great support from family and friends my whole life and it's great to be able to play in front of them again."

The game raised money for the Eagle River Recreation Association, which puts on hockey and skating events for local kids.

Stout is off until Friday, Jan. 4 when they travel to St. Olaf College.

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