OT thriller, high-scoring affairs close MIAC Showcase

OT thriller, high-scoring affairs close MIAC Showcase

BLAINE, Minn. – The 2016 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's Hockey Showcase concluded Sunday with three more thrilling games to cap an excellent season-opening weekend at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The first game saw Concordia prevail in an overtime thriller and the other two were extremely high-scoring affairs, with Hamline and Saint John's each scoring five goals en route to victory.


The Cobbers faced a one-goal deficit in the final period, but scored to force overtime and then got the game winner in the extra period to prevail with a 3-2 overtime win over Saint Mary's. Hamline blazed out to a 4-0 lead and then held off a Bethel rally to earn a 5-3 win, and St. Olaf took a 2-1 lead early in the third period of the day's final game, only to see the Johnnies rally for four goals over a nine-minute span in a 5-2 victory.

| Box Score |
Sunday's first game was an instant classic, a well-played thriller that needed overtime and ended in dramatic fashion. The Cobbers trailed Saint Mary's 2-1 late in the third when Quinn Fuchs scored with just seven minutes left to tie the score and force overtime, and Zach Doerring came through with the game-winner in extra time to lift Concordia to a 3-2 overtime win and a perfect 2-0 showing in the Showcase.

Saint Mary's led twice, only to see the Cobbers answer each time and then ultimately earn the win in OT. Chad Cesarz scored             exactly six minutes into the game to put the Cardinals up 1-0, but Concordia's Garrett Hendrickson responded with a goal in the second period to knot things up 1-1 after 40 minutes. Michael Cimba gave Saint Mary's another lead – this time 2-1 – almost eight minutes into the final period, but that's when Fuchs and Doerring worked their late-game magic to propel the Cobbers to victory.

Concordia's Jacob Stephen got the win in goal , stopping 33 of the 35 shots he faced, while his counterpart in net – Saint Mary's Aaron Davis – made 15 saves and allowed three goals in the loss. Seven different Cobbers recorded a point, as did six different Cardinals. Saint Mary's held a 35-18 edge on shots, but Concordia made their last attempt count, and the clean game saw just eight total penalty minutes. The Cobbers finished the showcase 2-0, while Saint Mary's was 0-1-1.

HAMLINE 5, BETHEL 3 | Box Score |
Sunday's second game was a wild affair with eight total goals, 72 total shots and 65 total penalty minutes. Hamline used four second-period goals to surge ahead, and then the Pipers held off a Bethel charge to earn a 5-3 victory.

The Pipers raced out to a 4-0 lead with a Russ Jordan goal in the first period, a power-play tally by Mitch Hall early in the second, an unassisted goal by Brandon Reinholz and another power-play goal by Jesse Kessler in the games first 26 minutes. Bethel got on the board when Andrew Bjorklund cashed in with a man advantage, but Jordan followed his second goal of the game – this one short-handled, to push the lead back to four goals at 5-1.

However, Bethel wasn't done fighting back. Kurtis Redding scored on a power play late in the second, and Dallas Marvin added a power-play goal with just over two minutes left in the game to close the gap to 5-3. The Royals pulled the goalie for the final 31 seconds, but couldn't pull any closer.

Hamline's John Sellie-Hanson stopped 33 of 36 shots to earn the win, while Bethel's Joe Sheppard mad3 31 saves in the loss, as each team took 36 shots. Hamline's Mitch McPherson had a three-assist game, Hall had a goal and two assists, and Kessler, Jordan, and Brandon Wahlin each had two-point games. Jackson Purvis had two assists for Bethel and Marvin also had a two-point game. The Pipers closed their Showcase appearance 1-0-1 and Bethel finished 0-2.   

SAINT JOHN'S 5, ST. OLAF 2 | Box Score |
St. Olaf scored a pair of goals to surge ahead and for a moment appeared to be headed toward the first Ole win for new Head Coach Mike Eaves, but Saint John's answered with a four-goal surge in a nine-minute span to turn a one-goal deficit to a convincing 5-2 win to close out the 2016 MIAC Men's Hockey Showcase.

Daniel Tripicchio scored the game's first goal five minutes into the contest to give Saint John's an early 1-0 lead, but St. Olaf tightened up on defense and netted a pair of clutch goals to pull ahead. Midway through the second Caleb Callaway scored for the Oles to tie things up, then six minutes into the third Drew Otto netted a power-play goal to put St. Olaf up 2-1 with 14 minutes to play.

But that's when the Saint John's floodgate opened. Ross Stecklein scored just two minutes later to knot things up at 2-2, and Dan McNamara put SJU ahead 3-2 just 90 seconds later. Then, with time starting to tick away, the Johnnies took advantage of a pair of penalties with power-play goals from Mitch Fritz and Cole Souto to cement the 5-2 victory.

SJU's Andrew Lindgren made 30 saves on 32 shots to get the win, and St. Olaf's Jude Hall stopped 35 shots in the loss. Tripicchio had a two-point game with a goal and an assist and Matt Colford had a three-assist game for the Johnnies, while six different Oles recorded points. SJU held a 40-32 edge on shots, and the two teams nearly split 30 penalty minutes on 15 infractions. Saint John's completed a perfect 2-0 trip to the Showcase, while St. Olaf finished 0-2.

Sunday's three thrillers wrapped up an outstanding weekend of hockey to drop the puck on the 2016-17 season. All nine MIAC teams were in action at the conference's big event. Concordia and Saint John's both finished 2-0, Hamline and Augsburg each went 1-0-1, Gustavus was 1-1, Saint Mary's and St. Thomas were both 0-1-1 and Bethel and St. Olaf went 0-2. There were three overtime games, two shootouts, two games decided by a single goal and there were a total of 51 goals scored over the nine games.

Fans can re-live the 2016 MIAC Men's Hockey Showcase by visiting the event's home page for complete scores, stats, recaps and photos from a tremendous three-days on the ice. The MIAC would like to thank Bauer, the Showcase's official sponsor, and Twin Cities Orthopedics, which provided athletic training and medical services. The MIAC also thanks Schwan Super Rink and its staff and Saint Mary's Donny Nadeau for overseeing sports information.

2016 MIAC Men's Hockey Showcase

Friday, Oct. 28 | PHOTOS | RECAP |
Game 1: Augsburg 2, Hamline 2 (OT - Augsburg wins shootout 1-0) | Box Score |
Game 2: Saint John's 5, Gustavus 2 | Box Score |
Game 3: St. Thomas 3, Saint Mary's 3 (OT - St. Thomas wins shootout 1-0) | Box Score |

Saturday, Oct. 29 | RECAP |
Game 4: Gustavus 4, St. Olaf 1 | Box Score |                                   
Game 5: Concordia 1, St. Thomas 0 | Box Score |
Game 6: Augsburg 5, Bethel 3 | Box Score |

Sunday, Oct. 30 | PHOTOS |
Game 7: Concordia 3, Saint Mary's 2 (OT) | Box Score |
Game 8: Hamline 5, Bethel 3 | Box Score |
Game 9: Saint John's 5, St. Olaf 2 | Box Score |

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