After the game, Berenguer (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) said “I don’t
know how the puck got to me, I looked down and the puck was at my feet.”
The Pipers played the role of the home team on the scoreboard as they
held the higher seed heading into the game. Beau Christian (Jr.,
Moorhead, Minn.), who made 36 stellar saves, pointed out that although
“It was different being the home team on the road, we have a corps group
of guys who can set up camp anywhere,” therefore creating a home ice
feel for the Pipers.
In the opening period of play, Hamline jumped quickly into the
offensive zone, taking the first shot of the game. The Yellowjackets
found the post twice in the period, but neither team scored in the
opening 20 minutes of play.
Exactly two minutes into the second period, Ryan Kupperman (Sr.,
Canterbury, N.H.) slid the puck to Brian Arrigoni (Jr., Saint Paul,
Minn.) in the slot for Hamline’s first potential scoring opportunity of
the period. The Yellowjackets thwarted the attempt with a penalty, but
gave the Pipers the power play.
The third power play of the game was the charm for the Pipers, as Tim
Olson (Jr., Apple Valley, Minn.) fed Jordan Van Gilder (Jr., Lino
Lakes, Minn.) on the far side of the left circle. Van Gilder then put
the puck in on the power play at 3:51 for the 1-0 lead.
Superior quickly went on the attack, but ended up with another clanging post shot instead of finding the back of the net.
The Yellowjackets’ patience paid off, however, as they evened up the
score, 1-1, at 10:31 in the second period. Josh Kesler (So., Naperville,
Ill.) picked up a rebound in the slot, and slid it past Beau Christian
(Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) on the glove side.
Christian preserved the tie at 14:15 with a spectacular save at the
top of the crease, stopping Tyler Klein (Fy., Fargo, N.D.) after he
stole the puck in the neutral zone for the breakaway.
Superior took a 2-1 lead with 45 seconds left in the second period as Talon Berlando (Sr., Drumheller, Alberta) scored.
In the third period, Superior controlled the puck for most of the
period, but Hamline made the most of one of their possessions to tie the
game and send it to overtime. Danny Vranek (Sr., New Port Richey, Fla.)
scored at 11:15 from Jay Fifield (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Cory
Belisle (Fy., Andover, Minn.).
Christian was peppered by the Yellowjackets in the final 80 seconds
of regulation and made three outstanding saves in net during that time
to send the teams into overtime. Christian made 33 saves in regulation
as Superior out-shot Hamline, 35-26.
In overtime, Superior continued to hold the puck in their offensive
zone, but made the mistake of letting the Piper power play unit back on
to the ice. Hamline immediately went to work, and at 6:41, Berenguer
punched the puck in the net while camped out by the left post for the
Arrigoni and Alex Lundbohm (Sr., Roseau, Minn.) were credited with the assists on the game-winner.
Christian recorded 36 saves in the game for Hamline.
Hamline is now 17-6-5 overall while UW-Superior ends the season at
16-13-1. The Pipers now move on to play at St. Norbert on Saturday,
March 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the NCAA quarterfinal game. The winner of that
game will earn a spot in the NCAA Final Four at Ridder Arena on the
campus of the University of Minnesota, March 25th and 26th.