January 24, 2009

Long leads #14 Pipers over Royals

The visiting Royals scored first in the game, but the Pipers fired back with five unanswered goals of their own to put away the visitors.

Kyler Moje (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) scored at 6:33 for Bethel, with Tom Menozzi (So., Lakeville, Minn.) and Jake Kogler (Fy., Forest Lake, Minn.) earning the assists.

Chris Berenguer (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.) evened the score with Hamline’s first tally at 11:21 in the opening period. Joe Long (Sr., Dayton, Minn.) and Steve Festler (Sr., Little Falls, Minn.) were credited with the assists.

The Pipers put up a pair of goals in the second period, starting with a power play goal from Long at 16:01. Dustin Fulton (Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and Andrew Birkholz (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.) provided the assists on his score.

The goal to put the Pipers up 3-1 heading into the second intermission came from Fulton, as he scored at 18:19 from Birkholz.

Hamline added a trio of goals in the third, starting with Jordan VanGilder (Fy., Lino Lakes, Minn.) at 2:13. He put the puck in the net off of passes from Kelly Plude (Elk River, Minn.) and Festler’s second assist of the game.

Ryan Kupperman (So., Canterbury, N.H.) then put the Pipers up 5-1 with an unassisted short-handed goal at 13:34. Long followed that up with another goal at 16:23 from Brian Arrigoni (Fy., Saint Paul, Minn.) and Kyle Kyrr (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) to get to the final score of 6-1.

Hamline’s record is now 11-5-1, 6-2-0 MIAC with the conference win. The Royals drop to 9-9-1, 5-5-0 MIAC. The Pipers will return to Drake Arena next Friday, January 31, to host St. Thomas at 7:15 p.m.