The Piper power play exploded at just the right moment Friday night. Hamline's three goals with the extra man proved to be the ignition that fueled a critical 5-1 victory over Friday night at Vadnais Heights. Brian Arrigoni had a goal and two assists as Hamline jumped back into a tie for second place with Concordia in the tight MIAC race.
Jordan VanGilder, Danny Muck and Sam Leslie had a goal and an assist to help the defending conference champs improve to 8-11-2 overall on the season, 5-6-1 in the MIAC.
Unlike the night before, the Pipers carried the play most of the night. They outshot the Johnnies, 12-8, in the first period but left the ice down 1-0. Leslie evened matters with a goal 10:53 into the middle frame. Arrigoni then gave HU the lead when he whistled a shot from the right point for his league leading 13th goal of the season at 18:01.
The Pipers then revered what had occurred the night before with three goals of their own in the final six minutes of the game. Much started the barrage with his first of the year while on a two-man advantage at 14:10. Since the second of those penalties on the Johnnies was a major, Hamline was still up a man. Ryan McElhone took advantage for a goal at 16:18. VanGilder then finished the night off with an empty netter at 19:46.
In all, Hamline outshot St. John's, 38-25 for the night.
The Pipers return to action next Thursday night when they face Gustavus Adolphus. The game will be at St. Paul Academy's Drake Arena. Game time is 8:00 p.m.