February 06, 2010

Pipers sweep Johnnies

The Johnnies received their first power play just 34 seconds after the opening puck drop. The Pipers killed off the man-advantage, and then gained a power play opportunity of their own as their penalty expired. However, Jake Koehler (Sr., Ramsey, Minn.) stole the puck for the Johnnies just seconds after the Piper penalty ran out and skated it down the ice for an unassisted short-handed goal at 2:56.

Hamline’s Brian Arrigoni (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) then responded in kind to even the score. A Saint John’s power play shot was blocked by the Pipers and Chris Berenguer (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) passed it over to Arrigoni who returned it down the ice for a short-handed goal. The goal came at 8:53. It was his second short-handed goal of the year.

Kyle Kurr (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) gave the Pipers a 2-1 lead that the carried into the intermission as he lit the lamp with a power play score at 16:13. Spencer Anderson (Jr., Chicago, Ill.) earned the assist.

Hamline next goal came in the second period. After a mad scramble of Piper shots, the puck slid out to Taylor Vichorek (Fy., Moose Lake, Minn.) standing all alone just inches from the center of the blue line. He wound up and one-timed a sliding shot into the net for the 3-1 Piper lead at 7:44. Brett Burgau (Jr., New Ulm, Minn.) and Jared Hummel (Jr., Eagan, Minn.) were credited with the assists.

Saint John’s then made it a one-goal game at 8:43 in the third when Michael Palmiscno (Fy., East Grand Forks, Minn.) tallied an even-strength score.

Kurr put the puck in the net 17 seconds later to regain the two goal advantage. Hummel and Vichorek were credited with the assists.

Hamline’s fifth goal came with 30 seconds to play as Saint John’s pulled their goalie while on the penalty kill. Arrigoni tallied the power play goal with the empty net at 19:30 for the 5-2 win. Kurr and Cory Krogen (Sr., Marshall, Minn.) had the assists.

The win tonight moves the Pipers to 14-4-3, 9-2-1 MIAC. The Johnnies are now 6-11-4, 2-8-2 MIAC. Hamline will travel to #8-ranked Gustavus on Friday, February 12, for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop.