It was the type of win players and coaches will talk about for years to come. Hamline rallied twice from a three-goal deficit for a dramatic, delirious 7-5 win over Wisconsin-Stout Saturday afternoon at Vadnais Heights. The Pipers are now 6-8-1 and return to MIAC action with considerably more jump in their skates.
Brian Arrigoni's second goal of the game at 13:43 of the third period was the eventual game winning goal. Although the shots on goal in the first period with relatively even (13-10 for UWS), the score -- Stout 3, Hamline 0 -- decidedly was not. Jordan Van Gilder kick-started the comeback at 9:04 of the second. Arrigoni found the net four minutes later and it was suddenly a one-goal game.
16 seconds into the final period, Sam Leslie completed Comeback No. 1 with his second goal of the season. The Blue Devils hit a pair six minutes apart to go ahead 5-3 but Leslie hit again at 11:35. 56 seconds later, Nick Widing knocked in his sixth of the season and it was tied up again at 5. Arrigoni then completed Comeback No. 2 on a power play at 13:43. Zach Johnson, who also had two assists, rapped one into an empty net and HU's biggest rally of the season was complete.
Beau Christian was kept busy all day, recording 37 saves. For the game, HU outshot the Blue Devils by a wild 43-42 count. Toss in 20 penalties and you have one memorable afternoon of shinny at Vadnais Heights Sports Complex.
The Pipers now train their sites on MIAC foes the rest of the way. First up: a rematch with St. Thomas, which defeated them on OT in a non-conference game in December. The teams will play at St. Thomas Academy on Friday night. On Saturday, they will be back at Vadnais Heights. Both games begin at 7:00 p.m.
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