The Piper men;'s hockey team had a lot of things working against them Friday night in St. Peter. It turned out to be one too many things. The Gusties spoiled an outstanding effort by HU goalie Matt Hemingway with a last-minute goal to deal Hamline a 4-3 loss. The teams are now tied for second place with 13 points each. However, the Pipers have played two more games than the Gusties.
Hemingway drew the starting nod because Beau Christian was forced to miss the game due to a disqualification penalty the night before. The Gusties tested Hemingway, who was making just his third start of the season, often in the first period, firing 20 shots at him. Hemingway stopped 18 of them and HU left the ice down 2-0.
Joe Rubbelke started the comeback with his third goal of the year on a power play at 3:55/ Sam Leslie. who had an assist on the first goal, then scored himself at 8:23 to knot the game at 2. Gustavus connected on a power play of its own at 15:01 to regain the lead at 3-2.
It stayed that way until Tyler Johnson picked an opportune time for his second goal of the season at 7:01 to retie the game at 3. It looked like HU was headed for its sixth overtime game of the season but the Gusties knocked a rebound home with 17 seconds left to saddle the Pipers with the setback. Hamline is 9-12-2 overall, 6-7-1 in the MIAC.
They will play their final two games of the regular season next Friday and Saturday night against Concordia at Vadnais Heights. Both games are at 7:00 p.m. Concordia is off this weekend. They are 4-5-3 and are just two points behind the Pipers in the tight MIAC race.