January 31, 2009

Pipers skate to win over Tommies

Kyle Kurr (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) tallied the first goal of the game just five and a half minutes after the opening puck drop, as he scored on a pass from Cory Krogen (Jr., Marshall, Minn.).

The Tommies scored their first goal at 10:17 of the opening period, but Chris Berenguer (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.) immediately erased the tie from the scoreboard at 10:40. Arrigoni earned the assist on Berenguer’s score.

St. Thomas tied it up one more time at 15:39 in the first, and the score stayed at 2-2 heading into the second period.

At 3:50 in the second, Arrigoni took his shot while the Pipers were on the penalty kill, giving Hamline a 3-2 lead. The goal was the second unassisted short-handed Piper score in two weekends, as Ryan Kupperman (So., Canterbury, N.H.) accomplished the same task a week ago against St. Olaf.

Krogen scored a goal of his own at 9:10 in the second from Kupperman and Berenguer, which was ultimately the game-winner.

Andrew Birkholz (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.) scored the final Piper goal at 13:03 in the second on a pass from Joe Long (Sr., Dayton, Minn.). St. Thomas would score at 18:44 in the same period, and that would end the game’s goals.

Arrigoni, Berenguer, and Krogen ended the night with a goal and an assist each.

Hamline’s record now stands at 12-6-1, 7-3-0 MIAC after the conference victory. The Tommies drop to 9-8-2, 6-3-1 MIAC. Hamline will play at home again on Friday, February 6, at 7:15 p.m. to host Augsburg College.