With the men's hockey season on the line, Hamline's seniors came through big Friday night. Beau Christian knocked away all 34 shots he saw and Brian Arrigoni provided all the offense needed as the Pipers gritted their way to a 1-0 win over Concordia Friday night at Vadnais Heights. A win or a tie in the Saturday rematch will guarantee Hamline a spot in the MIAC playoffs that begin Feb. 24.
Christian was superb all night, handling breakaways and close-in tries with equal aplomb. He was particularly tested late in the third period when Hamline was shorthanded two men for 89 seconds. The senior held firm to record his second shutout of the season (he missed a third one by just two minutes last week against Gustavus.)
Meanwhile, Arrigoni provided the lone goal of the game at 4:37 of the second period. The senior notched his 14th goal of the year (tying for the league lead in that department) by camping at the right of the goal and batting a Cam Stowers pass into the net.
The Pipers had plenty of chances to extend the lead an ending up holding a slight 35-34 edge in shots on goal. But CC goalie Chris Neamonitis was nearly as perfect as Christian.
Hamline is 7-7-1 in the MIAC (10-12-2 overall) and is now in third place, one point ahead of Gustavus and St. Olaf. The teams will meet again Saturday night in Vadnais Heights. Pior to the game, the four seniors will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony.