February 19, 2011

Pipers claim MIAC title all alone with win at Concordia

The win give Hamline 22 points for the season, two points ahead of their next closest competitor.

Hamline will hold the #1 seed, and the right to host, throughout the MIAC tournament. The Pipers will host the semifinal game against the winner of the play-in game between the #4 and #5 seeds. Those seeds have yet to be determined.

The Pipers' home semifinal game will be on Saturday, February 26, at 2:00 p.m. Their opponent will be determined by the play-in game which will take place on Friday.

The game was a back-and-forth battle through the opening two periods, with the teams winding up knotted at 4-4 following forty minutes of play.

The Pipers had a strong third period, however, putting three goals up on the scoreboard for the 7-4 win.

Van Gilder had two of his goals, both even-strength, in the third period at 1:08 (the ultimate game-winner) and at 12:03. Brian Arrigoni (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.) then scored his second goal of the game at 18:12. It was an empty netter.

Kyle Mattson (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.) and Bret Burgau (Sr., New Ulm, Minn.) also added goals for the Pipers.

Hamline edged out the Cobbers in shots-on-goal, 36-30. Beau Christian (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) got the win in net for the Pipers.

The Pipers finish the regular season with a record of 14-6-5, 9-3-4 MIAC and the Cobbers end at 11-10-4, 7-5-4 MIAC.