January 21, 2011

Christian records shutout, Lundbohm has four points in Piper win over Tommies

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 assists.

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 assist.

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.