The Piper men's hockey team rallied twice against Bethel Saturday to force overtime. This time, however, the extra session was kind to them. Bethel scored 3:31 into the extra session to claim a 4-3 victory and sweep the weekend series. Hamline, the defending champs, dropped to 5-5-0 overall, 3-3-0 in the MIAC.
As they did Friday, Bethel came out winging, jumping to a 2-0 against goalie Matt Hemingway, making his first start of the season. This time, however, the Pipers responded with ammo of their own. Nick Widing scored a power play goal with one second left in the second period to give the Pipers life and cut the lead to 2-1.
Brian Arrigoni tied the game on another power play goal two minutes into the third period. The Royals regained the lead at 6:26 but Arrigoni showed why he was an All-American choice last year by retying the game with 3:09 to play. Arrigoni was the top marksman on the night, recording nine shots on goal. Hamline outshot Bethel, 35-24, for the game.
Unfortunately, the Royals had the last word in the extra session.
Hamline now takes a six-week break from MIAC action. But they aren't getting away from MIAC teams yet. They will play St. Thomas in a non-conference game next Friday at Vadnais Heights Sports Center at 7:00 p.m.
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