Rodriguez hat trick highlights opening night of MIAC Showcase

Daniil Gerasimov totaled 17 saves in just over 49 minutes between the pipes for the Auggies.
Daniil Gerasimov totaled 17 saves in just over 49 minutes between the pipes for the Auggies.

BLAINE, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) dropped the puck to start the 2018-19 men's hockey season on Friday with an exciting first night of games at the 2018 MIAC Men's Hockey Showcase at Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. Six of the MIAC's nine teams opened the season at the event, with the other three set to commence their campaigns on Saturday. 

AUGSBURG 3, ST. OLAF 0 | Box Score |
Senior forward Alex Rodriguez scored all three of the opening game's goals as nationally-ranked Augsburg (1-0-0) topped St. Olaf (0-1-0), 3-0, in the first matchup of the 2018-19 season. The Miami, Fla. native found the back of the net for the first time 8:05 into the second period and followed up with a pair of third period scores - the final one coming against an empty net - to finish the hat trick. Sophomore goalie Daniil Gerasimov was credited with the win after totaling 17 saves in just over 49 minutes between the pipes. Noah Parker made 25 saves for the Oles.

ST. THOMAS 3, SAINT JOHN'S 2 | Box Score |
St. Thomas (1-0-0) scored a goal in every period to defeat rival Saint John's (0-1-0), 3-2. Five different players scored goals in the game, with UST sophomore Colton Berg starting the scoring at the 13:50 mark in the first period. The Tommies' next two goals each came less than two minutes into the second and third periods, as Luke Radetic scored 1:18 into the second and Broydon Stukfo got into the action at 1:46 in the third. Joe Chitwood and Kyle Wagner accounted for the Johnnies' points, with Chitwood's score occurring at the 15:15 mark in the second and Wagner's coming by way of a power-play 5:13 into the third. UST goalie Andrew Rohkohl got the win, stopping 33-of-35 pucks in a full 60 minutes of work.

GUSTAVUS 3, SAINT MARY'S 1 | Box Score |
Two late goals propelled Gustavus (1-0-0) to a 3-1 victory over Saint Mary's (0-1-0) on Friday night. Gustie forward Brenden Payne scored on a power-play in the second period of his first collegiate game to put Gustavus on top. Tommy Stang answered back less than two minutes into the third period to even the game at 1 apiece; however, an unassisted goal by Caleb Anderson at the 14:05 mark and a power-play empty-netter with under a minute to play by Nick Klishko put the game out of reach.

The 2018 MIAC Hockey Showcase continues with three more games on Saturday. Bethel will take the ice for the first time this season at 6:30 p.m. against St. Thomas on Rink 1. Concordia will also make its 2018-19 debut against Saint Mary's at 7:00 p.m. on Rink 2 and Hamline will open its season against Augsburg at 7:30 p.m. on Rink 4.

The 2018 MIAC Hockey Showcase will conclude with three more games on Sunday. Gustavus and Concordia square off at 2:30 p.m. on Rink 1, St. Olaf faces Hamline at 3 p.m. on Rink 2, and Saint John's meets Bethel at 3:30 p.m. on Rink 4.

The MIAC Men's Hockey Showcase features all nine MIAC teams playing two games over the course of the three-day event, with all games counting as nonconference contests in the standings. Fans can follow on the action all weekend long on the MIAC Showcase homepage and track the scores on the MIAC Scoreboard or with the free MIAC mobile app.

Friday, Oct. 26
Game 1: Augsburg 3, St. Olaf 0 | Box Score |
Game 2: St. Thomas 3, Saint John's 2 | Box Score |
Game 3: Gustavus 3, Saint Mary's 1 | Box Score |

Saturday, Oct. 27
Game 4: Bethel vs. St. Thomas | Rink 1 | 6:30 PM |
Game 5: Concordia vs. Saint Mary's | Rink 2 | 7:00 PM | Live Stats |
Game 6: Hamline vs. Augsburg | Rink 4 | 7:30 PM | Live Stats |

Sunday, Oct. 28
Game 7: Gustavus vs. Concordia | Rink 1 | 2:30 PM | Live Stats |
Game 8: St. Olaf vs. Hamline | Rink 2 | 3:00 PM | Live Stats |
Game 9: Saint John's vs. Bethel | Rink 4 | 3:30 PM |

*The second team listed will be the "home" team and will wear white