The Cardinals scored less than five minutes after the opening puck drop, as Anthony Bohn (Sr., Spring Hill, Fla.) put the puck in off of a screen at 4:39. Blake Zemaitis (Jr., Mount Prospect, Ill.) was credited with the assist.
Nearly ten minutes of playing time later, a sharp glove save from Beau Christian (So., Moorhead, Minn.) on a Cardinal break-away from center ice prevented Saint Mary’s from adding a second goal at 14:08. The Cardinals then killed off a nearly three minute Piper power play, including 1:45 of 5-on-3, to end the opening period.
The Pipers’ Jordan Van Gilder (So., Lino Lakes, Minn.) tied the score just 31 seconds into the second period, tallying a goal off of a pass from Cory Krogen (Sr., Marshall, Minn.) to make it 1-1. The goal was Van Gilder’s second of the season.
A pair of quick goals around the seven-minute mark of the second period put the Pipers up 3-1 on the Cardinals. Ryan Kupperman’s (Jr., Canterbury, N.H.) third tally of the season came as the Pipers entered the zone on a 2-on-1 at 6:49. Krogen and Kelly Plude (Jr., Elk Rive, Minn.) earned the assists.
The goal to go up 3-1 came at 7:13 as Plude scored his first goal of the year. Kyle Kurr (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) was credited with the assist.
In the third period, Danny Vranek (Jr., New Port Richey, Fla.) took a pair of passes from Jared Hummel (Jr., Eagan, Minn.) and Chris Berenguer (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) at the blue line, and then brought the puck in the rest of the way uncontested at 4:30 for his first goal as a Piper. The goal made the scored 4-1.
With just under 11 minutes to play in the game, the Pipers killed off 43 seconds of a 5-on-3 Cardinal power play, allowing just one wide shot during that time. The remaining 1:17 of the Saint Mary’s power play saw the Cardinals get off just one shot that Christian saved.
Alex Lundbohm (Jr., Roseau, Minn.) put the Pipers up 5-1 with 59 seconds to play in the game as he scored off of passes from Brett Burgau (Jr., New Ulm, Minn.) and Dustin Postell (Sr., Wadena, Minn.). The score was Lundbohm’s first as a Piper and finished off the scoring for the night.
Hamline is now 3-1-1, 1-0-0 MIAC while Saint Mary’s is 1-6-0, 1-2-0 MIAC. The Pipers and Cardinals will meet again tomorrow, Saturday, November 21, in Winona at 7:00 p.m.