Saint John’s scored the lone goal of the first period at 8:06 as Grant Ellena (Fy., Coon Rapids, Minn.) slid the puck in the net off of passes from Mike Wallgren (So., Oakdale, Minn.) and Jeff Lesmeister (Fy., Anoka, Minn.).
The Pipers tied the game up at 10:10 in the second on Dustin Fulton (Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) lifted the pick into the net. Jared Hummel (So., Eagan, Minn.) and Steve Festler (Sr., Little Falls, Minn.) were credited with the assists.
The Johnnies then took the lead again at 16:44 when Brent Brodersen (So., Shakopee, Minn.) scored from Clayton Rehm (Sr., Park Rapids, Minn.) and Jake Hipp (Sr., Bismarck, N.D.). They carried that 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
Jason Johannes (Sr., Eagan, Minn.) gave Saint John’s a 3-1 lead at 5:03 in the third. Chris Murray (Jr., Chanhassen, Minn.) and Brodersen were credited with the assists.
Andrew Birkholz (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.) made it a one-goal game when he put the puck in the net for the Pipers at 15:34 in the third. Fulton and Chris Berenguer (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.) earned the assists.
However, despite pulling their goalie with 44 seconds remaining in the game, the Pipers couldn’t tie it up.
The conference loss puts Hamline’s record at 12-9-1, 7-6-0 MIAC, while Saint John’s is 9-12-1, 6-6-1 MIAC. The same two teams will face off tomorrow, Saturday, February 14, at 2:00 p.m. at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.