November 05, 2010

#15 Pipers pierce the armor of #3 Knights

Hamline holds the #15 ranking in the first USCHO.com poll while the Knights were ranked #3.

The Pipers held a 4-1 lead into the third when St. Norbert pulled their goalie with just under four minutes remaining to score a pair of extra-skater goals late in the game.
 
Just over seven minutes into the game, Jay Fifield (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) helped pop the puck up the ice from deep in the Piper defensive corner to start a 3-on-1 Hamline attack from the neutral zone. Berenguer passed the puck over to Arrigoni who gave Hamline a 1-0 lead at 7:35 in the first period.

That would be the only scoring in opening 20 minutes, but Arrigoni gave Hamline a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Battling from the blue line through the slot, he scored at 3:33 as he slid past the crease on the left side. Jordan Van Gilder (Jr., Lino Lakes, Minn.) and Danny Vranek (Sr., New Port Richie, Minn.) were credited with the assists.

Berenguer put the Pipers up 3-0 on a power play goal just over a minute later. His goal at 4:49 in the second period was assisted by Arrigoni and Vranek.

Brandon Hoogenboom (Fy., Nanton, Alberta) ended the shutout with a power play goal for St. Norbert at 8:25 in the second. Seth Soley (Jr., Elk Mound, Wis.) and Cody Keefer (So., Grayling, Mich.) earned the assists.

Berenguer then used an even-strength goal to give the Pipers a three-goal cushion heading into the third period. He scored at 15:16, once again from Vranek and Arrigoni.

The third period was a scoreless battle until the Knights put the pressure on by pulling their goalie with just under four minutes to play.

In the final 54 seconds, they scored twice, first at 19:06 as Brandon Longley's (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) goal came from assists by Johan Ryd (Jr., Sodertalje, Sweden) and Carl Ekstrom (So., Sodertalje, Sweden. St. Norbert's final goal came with 4.8 seconds on the clock as Nick Tabisz (Sr., Kettering, Ohio) scored an unassisted tally.

The Knights out-shot the Pipers 41-18 in the game as Beau Christian (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) made 38 saves to earn his first win of the year.
 
Hamline is now 3-0-0 overall with the non-conference win while the Knights are 2-1-0.

The Pipers will host UW-Stevens-Point on Saturday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. at Drake Arena. The team will host a fund-raiser and HIV/AIDS awareness event as part of Saturday's 7 p.m. game at Drake Arena vs. UW-Stevens Point. All ticket proceeds, as well as additional donations from fans, will be donated to The Aliveness Project, a Minneapolis-based program. Fans can visit the organization's website at www.aliveness.org.