January 15, 2011

Pipers and Royals tie in thriller at the Coliseum

Hamline took a 2-0 lead in the opening period of play, tallying two even-strength goals to start the game.

Danny Vranek (Sr., New Port Richie, Fla.) starting the scoring as he picked up the puck in the neutral zone from Jordan Van Gilder (Jr., Lino Lakes, Minn.). He took the puck in the rest of the way for the goal at 4:05. Tim Olson (Jr., Apple Valley, Minn.) was credited with the second assist on the goal.

Later in the period, the Pipers were peppering the Bethel goal and a rebound pick-up led to a score. Van Gilder punched the puck out in front of the goal from behind to Vranek, who took a shot from three feet out. The rebound went right to Chris Berenguer (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.), who poked it in for the 2-0 lead.

The two teams then combined for a four-goal second that saw them enter the locker room for the second intermission tied at 3-3. All four goals were even-strength and were scored before the halfway point of the period.

The Royals lit the lamp first, as Jack Paul (So., Minnetonka, Minn.) scored at 1:18. Jake Kogler (Jr., Forest Lake, Minn.) and Christian Fogerty (Sr., Forest Lake, Minn.) had the two assists.

The next goal came from the Pipers, as Alex Lundbohm scored at 4:01 from Brian Arrigoni (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.) and Ryan Kupperman (Sr., Canterbury, N.H.).

Paul tallied his second of the night for the Royals at 5:53 on assists from Fogerty and Austin Hatch (Jr., Cloquet, Minn.). Josh Shingler (Fy., Shawano, Wis.) then scored from Jon Crouse (So., Alexandria, Minn.) to tie the game at 9:11.

After two periods, the Pipers had out-shot the Royals 28-16.

In the third period, Bethel took their first lead at 8:46 with the first power play goal of the game, scored by Garrett Windle (Fy., Downington, Pa.). Chris Fiala (Jr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and Tyler Sorensen (Fy., Madison, Wis.) were credited with the assists on the goal.

Still trailing by one, Hamline took a timeout with 34.5 seconds on the clock and pulled goalie Beau Christian (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.)to go after the tying goal with the extra attacker.

The plan worked. Berenguer took a hard shot from the point and Van Gilder picked up the rebound to tie the game with 17.1 seconds on the clock. Alex Lundbohm (Sr., Roseau, Minn.) was credited with the second assist.

For Van Gilder, the goal capped off a weekend in which he tallied six assists against the Royals.

The rest of regulation was uneventful, and the teams headed into overtime.

Just before the two-minute mark of the OT, Bethel took four shots within 10 seconds. Christian stopped a pair of the shots, the Piper defense blocked a third, and the fourth slid wide to keep the score knotted at 3-3.

The teams skated through the rest of the overtime without a score, netting the teams a tie and a split in the conference points for the night. With the win on Friday, the Pipers took three out of four points for the weekend. 

Hamline's record is now 9-3-3, 4-0-2 MIAC while Bethel is 3-11-3, 2-3-3 MIAC after the conference contest. The Pipers' next game is a home contest against St. Thomas on Friday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m.