When the two football teams met on a Saturday afternoon, the Royals came out on top, 9-7. As the universities met on the ice on a Friday night, the lamp lit seven times in the opening period of play, as the Pipers gained a 4-3 advantage after 20 minutes.
Ryan Kupperman (So., Canterbury, N.H.) scored first at 3:45 from Kyle Kurr (Jr., Elk River, Minn.). Kurr turned around less than a minute later and scored a goal at 4:32 to double the Hamline lead. Brian Arrigoni (Fy., Saint Paul, Minn.) and Joe Long (Sr., Dayton, Minn.) were credited with the assists on Kurr’s score.
Bethel then scored three consecutive power play goals at 7:07, 8:33 and 12:31, taking a 3-2 lead.
The Pipers then tallied a power play goal at 15:50 with Kurr’s second goal of the game, this time on a pass from Cory Krogen (Jr., Marshall, Minn.). Andrew Birkholz (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.) gave Hamline a 4-3 lead with a score at 16:51 from Dustin Fulton (Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and Jordan VanGilder (Fy., Lino Lakes, Minn.).
The score stayed at 4-3 in the visitors’ advantage until the Royals tied it up on an even strength goal at 8:08 in the second period.
That lead lasted six minutes until Hamline’s Kelly Plude (Fy., Elk River, Minn.) scored at 15:02 from Steve Festler (Sr., Little Falls, Minn.) and Michael Schumacher (Fy., Duluth, Minn.).
A score at 17:37 from the Royals tied the game once again, before Chris Berenguer (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.) scored at 19:36 to give Hamline a 6-5 lead going into the third period. Arrigoni and Kurr partnered up for the second time in the game to provide the assists.
Early in the third, Bethel created the fifth tie of the game at 1:10, before going ahead, 8-6, with goals a minute apart at 6:27 and 7:35.
VanGilder then cut the Royals’ lead to one goal at 14:02, as he tallied a score on assists from Jared Hummel (So., Eagan, Minn.) and Fulton. That was all the Piper scoring that took as place, as they fell, 8-7.
Hamline’s record is now 10-5-1, 5-2-0 MIAC with the conference loss. The Royals move to 9-8-1, 5-4-0 MIAC. The puck will drop between these same two teams in the second game of the series tomorrow, Saturday, January 24, at Drake Arena in St. Paul at 7:15 p.m.