February 07, 2009

Pipers fall in overtime to Auggies

The host Auggies tallied the first score of the evening at 9:13 of the first period, and the score remained 1-0 as the teams ended the opening 20 minutes.

The a two-minute span in the second period saw the lamp lit three times, creating a 2-2 tie. Augsburg scored to go up 2-0 at 13:58, before a pair of Piper goals at 14:43 and 15:46.

Brett Burgau (So., New Ulm, Minn.) scored the first goal to cut the deficit to one goal. Defenseman Tim Olson (Fy., Apple Valley, Minn.) earned the assist.

Kyle Kurr (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) then scored the tying goal from Ryan Kupperman (So., Canterbury, N.H.) and Brian Arrigoni (Fy., Saint Paul, Minn.).

Arrigoni gave the Pipers a 3-2 lead at 6:43 in the third off of assists from Chris Berenguer (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Austun Tavis (So., Grand Rapids, Minn.).

Augsburg created the second tie score, 3-3, at 10:56, and then took a one goal lead at 17:27.

Kelly Plude (Fy., Elk River, Minn.) scored a goal at 18:36 to send the game into overtime. Berenguer and Andrew Birkholz (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.) earned the assists.

Augsburg then scored the game-winner on a power play at 3:19 in overtime.

Hamline’s record is now 12-8-1, 7-5-0 MIAC after the conference loss, while Augsburg moves to 7-14-0, 6-6-0 MIAC. The Pipers will next host Saint John’s on Friday, February 13, at 7:15 p.m.

At that game, the Pipers will host an appendix and colon cancer awareness event when in honor of former Piper men’s hockey coach Bob Gunderson, who is fighting a courageous battle against the disease. “Gundy” is also the husband of professor Beth Gunderson in the Hamline School of Business.

Gundy coached the Hamline men’s hockey program from 1976-80. He took the 1978-79 team to a third place finish in the NCAA DIII Western Division. While at the helm of the Pipers, Gundy attended Hamline law school, graduating in 1979. During that same time, he taught business law, business finance and consumer economics for Hamline’s management and economics department.

Donations to the Masonic Cancer Center of the University of Minnesota will be accepted at the game, and will be donated to the Center in Gundy’s name. The funds will go towards a clinical research study, in which Gundy is participating, that focuses on this rare type of cancer. To learn more about the Masonic Cancer Center, go to www.cancer.umn.edu.

To follow Gundy’s progress and get more information on his condition, please visit his Caring Bridge website at www.caringbridge.org/visit/gunderson.