NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Senior Tobias Gabrielsen and first year Tyler Bump scored in the third period, but No. 1 UW-Stevens Point netted four in the first and four in the third to defeat the St. Olaf College men's hockey team, 8-2, on Saturday evening at St. Olaf Ice Arena.
UW-Stevens Point (15-0-2), the lone remaining unbeaten Division III team in the country, got goals from six different skaters on the night, including two apiece from Austin Kelly and Colin Raver. Bump and Gabrielsen scored back-to-back goals in the third period for St. Olaf (3-8-1), which was playing the No. 1 team in the country for the first time since a 4-4 tie at home against Adrian College on Jan. 10, 2014.
The Pointers got a goal from Jordan Fader just 1:30 into the game that kick started a four-goal opening period for the visitors. After the Oles took a five-minute major midway through the period, Carter Roo and Tanner Karty scored on the man advantage for UW-Stevens Point and Kelly added his first of the night with 1:01 left in the period to send UW-Stevens Point to the first intermission ahead, 4-0, after outshooting St. Olaf, 13-3.
Neither team managed a goal in a second period that featured seven combined penalties, with both teams unable to capitalize on extended 5-on-3 situations. Just nine seconds into the third, Kelly notched his second goal of the night to make it a 5-0 game.
At 7:45 of the third period, Bump scored his second goal as an Ole, leading a 2-on-1 rush and taking the shot himself, which beat Eli Billing down low. After seeing a goal called off 32 seconds earlier, Gabrielsen got his second of the year at 13:00, blasting in a one-timer from the right circle off a feed from Luke Ranallo, who picked up an assist for the second-straight game.
With their lead trimmed to 5-2, the Pointers rattled off three goals in the final 5:46, including two from Raver 20 seconds apart in the final two minutes. Billing finished the night with 13 saves to pick up his first collegiate victory, while Noah Parker made 34 stops in the loss.
St. Olaf hits the road next weekend to face two more Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) foes next weekend, beginning with a matchup at UW-River Falls on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.