Nick Widing is already making a big impact on the MIAC. The freshman from Somerset, Wis. scored a pair of power play goals -- including one in OT -- to lift Hamline's men's hockey team to a 3-2 win over Augsburg Sunday night at the MIAC Showcase in Blaine. The Pipers were just one of two teams to win both their games in the tightly contested event that featured all nine hockey playing teams in the league.
Beau Christian shared second billing by making 25 saves in goal, including 11 in a frantic third period and two more in overtime.
The Piper power play was responsible for all three goals against an Auggie team that, like Hamline, defeated Bethel, 3-2, in their season opener. Augsburg struck in the first three minutes of the game for an early lead but the Pipers evened matters with a Cameron Stowers PP marker at 18:36 of the first period. Augsburg hit a PP goal of their own in the first minute of the second period but finished off a three-way play with Joe Rubbelke and Brian Arrigoni at 19:05 of the middle frame to make it a 2-all tie.
It stayed that way through the third period with each team killing off a penalty. When Augsburg's Brandon Bukowski was waved off for hooking at 3:25 of the extra session, HU went to work quickly. Jordan Van Gilder fed Arrigoni who slipped it back to Widing, who was headed up the slot. Widing whipped it into the top corner of the net and Hamline skated off with its second straight 3-2 win. The Pipers enjoyed a 33-27 edge in shots on goal for the game.
HU now dips its skates into Badger country. They play at UW-River Falls Friday night at 7:05 p.m. On Saturday, they visit UW-Eau Claire for a 7:00 p.m. game. The conference opener is Nov. 11 at home against Saint Mary's.