January 29, 2010

Late-game comeback ends in OT heartbreak for Pipers

Augsburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, scoring an even-strength goal and a pair of tallies on power plays. Their first two goals came less than 30 seconds apart at 7:17 and 7:44. They scored the third at 9:32.

The Auggies increased their lead to 4-0 with a short-handed goal while serving a five-minute major. The score came at 5:18 in the second.

Ryan Kupperman (Jr., Canterbury, N.H.) put the Pipers on the board for the first time at 18:43. The power play goal was assisted by Brian Arrigoni (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) and Chris Berenguer (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.).

The Pipers then made it a one-goal game within the opening five minutes of the third period, starting with a score by Arrigoni at 3:34 from Jared Hummel (Jr., Eagan, Minn.).

Spencer Anderson (Jr., Chicago, Ill.) was successful on the Pipers’ next shot-on-goal less than a minute later at 4:29, cutting the Augsburg lead to 4-3. The goal was Anderson’s eighth in less than a month with the team. Tim Olson (So., Apple Valley, Minn.) earned his first assist of the season on the score while Jordan Van Gilder (So., Lino Lakes, Minn.) had the second assist.

With just over six seconds remaining in the game and Hamline's net empty, Kelly Plude (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) tied the game to send it to overtime. Anderson and Kupperman earned the assists.

The Auggies ended the Pipers’ comeback hopes by scoring the game-winner at 1:08 in the extra period.

The Pipers move to 11-4-3, 6-2-1 MIAC with the conference loss. Augsburg is now 11-6-1, 4-4-1 MIAC. The same two teams will meet on Hamline’s home ice tomorrow, Saturday, January 30, at 7:15 p.m.