Brian Arrigoni officially stands 5-10. On Saturday night, however, he looked like a giant to St. Thomas. The All-American winger recorded the season's first three goal hat trick but the first place Tommies scored a last-minute goal and slid out of Vadnais Heights with a hard-fought 5-4 win and a sweep of the weekend series. Hamline has lost three games to UST this year, all by one goal.
Unlike Friday's tight 2-1 game, this one was was wide open from the start. Hamline outshot the Tommies, 14-9 in a freewheeling opening period. UST scored first but Arrigoni responded at 6:55 and with 10 seconds left in the period to send the home team in the locker room with a 2-1 lead.
St. Thomas controlled most of the second period, outshooting the Pipers, 19-6 and outscoring them 3-0 to take a 4-2 lead.
But HU came out strong in the third period. Nick Widing converted a nifty feed from Jordan Van Gilder for a power play goal at 5:39 to get the Pipers within range at 4-3. Five minutes later, Arrigoni darted in front of the goal and redirected a feed from Danny Muck for his third of the night (and league high 11th of the season) to tie the game at 4.
It looked like the teams were headed for their third OT game of the year but the Tommies scored with 24.2 seconds to play to ruin the night. HU goalie Beau Christian was again the busier of the two netminders, recording 30 saves, giving him 70 for the weekend.
Hamline, the defending regular and post-season MIAC champs, is now 6-10-1 overall and 3-5 in the league. They are at Augsburg next Friday night and have a Saturday afternoon rematch at Vadnais Heights at 2:00 p.m.