Hamline News

January 02, 2010

#10 Pipers complete sweep of #4 Bulldogs

For the second night in a row, a face-off won by Alex Lundbohm (Jr., Roseau, Minn.) and tipped to Anderson led directly to a Piper goal. Lundbohm flicked the puck to Anderson, who was set-up right outside the crease. Anderson easily placed the puck in the net for the game-opening goal at 5:05 in the first period.

Just two minutes later, goalie Beau Christian (So., Moorhead, Minn.) recorded his second assist of the season. With the Pipers on the penalty kill, Beau deflected the puck back to Taylor Vichorek (Fy., Moose Lake, Minn.) along the boards. Vichorek cleared the puck up to Brett Burgau (Jr., New Ulm, Minn.) who was all alone on the far blue line. Burgau then took the puck in the rest of the way all alone for the short-handed goal at 7:07.

Anderson lit the lamp for the second time in the game at 16:47 in the first period, putting in the rebound off of a blocked Lundbohm shot. Burgau earned the second assist on the goal.

Adrian then scored a goal with 59 seconds to play in the period to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Pipers at the first intermission.

The Bulldogs made it a one-goal game at the start of the second period, scoring a power play goal at 4:50. Kyle Kurr (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) then answered with a power play goal of his own at 7:14. Anderson and Brian Arrigoni (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) were credited with the assists.

A short-handed goal by Adrian at 11:20 cut the score to 4-3 for the hosts. The score on the Bulldogs' penalty kill also gave each team an even strength, a power play, and a short-handed tally in the game.

The Pipers shutout the Bulldogs in the final 20 minutes, with Ryan Kupperman (Jr., Canterbury, N.H.) scoring at 12:03 to get the Pipers' final period scoring started. Arrigoni and Kurr had the assists.

Hamline then took a 6-3 lead on a goal by Jordan Van Gilder (So., Lino Lakes, Minn.) at 17:43. Danny Vranek (Jr., New Port Richey, Fla.) and Kelly Plude (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) were credited with the assists.

Adrian pulled their goalie after that goal with 2:17 on the clock. The Pipers were able to take advantage of the empty net, with Lundbohm and Burgau passing the puck through the neutral zone to Anderson. Anderson easily skated the puck in from the blue line for the hat trick and the 7-3 Piper win.

In addition to Spencer's three goals and assist, Lundbohm had three assists and Burgau had a goal along with two assists.

Christian had 25 saves in net for Hamline to go along with his assist.

With the win, the Pipers improve to 8-1-2 overall. Adrian drops to 10-2-0. Next weekend Hamline will host a pair of teams also ranked in the top 15 in the most recent USCHO.com national poll. They will start with #7-ranked St. Scholastica on Friday, January 8, at 7:15 p.m. They will then play #15-ranked UW-Superior on Saturday, January 9, also at 7:15 p.m.