Chris Berenguer (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) added a pair of long goals and an assist for three Piper points.
Hamline's second shot of the game wasn't initially intended as such,
but it became a shot on goal as a clearing of the puck turned from
potential icing into a goal.
At the halfway point of the first period, Joel Scattarelli (Fy., Elk
River, Minn.) took possession of the puck in the Piper defensive zone.
He passed it up to Berenguer, who was still set up just inside of the
blue line in Piper defensive zone.
Berenguer then wristed a hard clearing shot right at the St. Thomas
goal, that would have been called for icing had it slid off in either
direction. However, the puck took a bounce in the slot and deflected off
of the Tommie goaltender into the net at 10:23, giving Berenguer his
10th tally of the year.
Exactly 70 seconds later Alex Lundbohm (Sr., Roseau, Minn.) gave the
Pipers a 2-0 lead. Lundbohm skated in on the right side of the slot and
flicked the puck top shelf at 11:33 for his sixth goal of the season.
Berenguer and Kirk Olimb (So., Warroad, Minn.) were credited with the
The Pipers added two more goals in the second period to take a 4-0 lead heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation.
Olimb got the scoring started at 3:46 as he put the puck in the net
after a scramble just outside the crease. Zach Johnson (Fy., Mound,
Minn.) and Kyle Mattson (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.) were credited with the
Jordan Van Gilder (Jr., Lino Lakes, Minn.) then lit the lamp for the
fourth Hamline goal of the game at 10:29 with a short shot from the left
side. Lundbohm and Cory Belisle (Fy., Andover, Minn.) had the assists.
Hamline added two more goals in the third, scoring the first less
than a minute after the start of the period. St. Thomas picked up an
unsportsmanslike penalty 33 seconds after the opening puck drop for
shooting after the whistle, and Hamline capitalized 10 seconds later.
Berenguer scored his second of the game as he slammed a shot in from
the center of the blue line at 43 seconds. Lundbohm and Brian Arrigoni
(Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.) had the assists.
Arrigoni then put the Pipers up by a half-dozen goals when he danced
in down the slot and scored at 4:50. Lundbohm and Ryan Kupperman (Sr.,
Canterbury, N.H.) had the assists.
The teams played scoreless hockey for the final 15 minutes of the
game, as Beau Christian (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) picked up the shutout in
net for the Pipers. St. Thomas out-shot Hamline, 30-to-25, with
Christian making the 30 saves.
The Pipers improve to 10-3-3, 5-0-2 MIAC while the Tommies are now
10-8-0, 5-4-0 MIAC. The same two teams will meet again tomorrow,
Saturday, January 22, at St. Thomas' home rink. The game is scheduled to
begin at 8:00 p.m.