Hamline News

Johnnies hand Pipers their first MIAC loss

The Pipers out-shot the Johnnies 17-9 in the opening period of play and got one goal out of their efforts.

Just over nine minutes into the period, Alex Lundbohm (Sr., Roseau, Minn.) passed over to Chris Berenguer (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) on the left side of the slot. Berenguer took a hard shot, and the rebound went straight to Ryan Kupperman (Sr., Canterbury, N.H.).

Kupperman flicked the puck in at 9:20 for the 1-0 Piper lead.

In the second period, the Johnnies held off the Piper attack and limited Hamline to just nine shots on goal despite three power play opportunities. The visitors, however, produced a pair of goals on eight shots in the period, including a power play score.

The game-tying power play goal came at 6:01 as James Saintey (Fy., Rosemount, Minn.) scored off of assists from Joe Harren (So., Warroad, Minn.) and Michael Palmiscno (So., East Grand Forks, Minn.).

The Johnnies added a go-ahead goal at 14:04 as Alex Lindeberg (Sr., Forest Lake, Minn.) scored from Pat McClure (Sr., Maple Plain, Minn.)  and Grant Ellena (Sr., Coon Rapids, Minn.).

Hamline changed goalies in the third, putting Matt Hemingway (Fy., Alexandria, Minn.) between the posts in place of Beau Christian (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.).

In the third period the Pipers had several chances on the attack, including taking a flurry of six shots on goal in a power play opportunity that began six and a half minutes in.

With just over two minutes to play, Brian Arrigoni (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.) had the closest shot of the period, as he clanged one off of the post.

Just seconds later, the Pipers went on a penalty kill, and with 1:31 on the clock, called a timeout to draw up a play as they pulled Hemingway. However, and empty net goal by Mike Wallgren (Sr., Oakdale, Minn.) gave Saint John's the security goal they needed. Brent Brodersen (Sr., Shakopee, Minn.) was credited with the assist.

The Pipers out-shot the Johnnies 41-27. Tony Civello (Jr., Shoreview, Minn.) earned the win for Saint John's in net while Christian took the loss.

Hamline suffered their first MIAC loss of the season, falling to 12-4-4, 7-1-3 MIAC. Saint John's is now 5-14-1, 4-6-1 MIAC.

The same two teams will meet on Saturday, February 5, at 7:00  p.m. at Saint John's.