January 09, 2010

Yellowjackets stage three-goal third to earn tie with Pipers

As play opened on the first period, Spencer Anderson (Jr., Chicago, Ill.) was fed a pass by Kelly Plude (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) as worked his way into the offensive zone. Anderson passed the puck out to Vranek (Jr., New Port Richey, Fla.) on the side as he set himself up in front of the net. Vranek centered the puck back to Anderson, who tapped it in for the 1-0 lead just 42 seconds after the opening puck drop.

The score remained 1-0 until 37 seconds after the opening puck drop of the second period. Talon Berlando (Jr., Drumheller, Alberta) evened the score with a goal for the Yellowjackets.

Hamline then scored three goals to go ahead 4-1 after two periods of play. Vranek added a power play goal to his tally at 3:05. Jordan Van Gilder (So., Lino Lakes, Minn.) and Chris Berenguer (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) earned the assists as the Pipers set up the goal with a series of passes around the perimeter, ending with Vranek’s shot.

Brian Arrigoni (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) then lit the lamp for the first time this season as he added a power play tally at 10:35. Ryan Kupperman (Jr., Canterbury, N.H.) and Berenguer were credited with the assists.

Vranek scored his second goal of the game as Kelly Plude (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) quickly passed him the puck right in front of the crease and he tipped it in as the Pipers crashed the net. Jay Fifield (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) earned the second assist on the goal.

The Yellowjackets tallied three even-strength goals in the third period, however, to send the game to a 4-4 deadlock that couldn’t be broken in overtime. Thomas Erlacher (Fy., Brunico, Italy), Chris Wilson (Sr., Prince Albert, Saskatchewan), and Berlando scored goals at 5:47, 7:34, and 13:16, respectively.
 
Hamline is now 8-2-3 overall with the non-conference tie, and the Yellowjackets move to 8-5-2 overall. The Pipers return to MIAC play this weekend, hosting Bethel on Friday, January 15, at 7:15 p.m.