It was game of few opportunities ... and the Hamline men's hockey team made the most of their chances. Nick Widing scored twice and Beau Christian kicked out shots as the Pipers moved into sole possession of second place in the MIAC with a solid 4-0 win over Gustavus Adolphus Thursday night before a standing-room only crowd at Drake Arena. The Pipers have won two in a row and now stand 6-6-1 in the league, 9-11-2 overall.
Unfortunately, the win came with a heavy price tag. Christian was involved in a late game fracas and was given a disqualification penalty, meaning he will not be eligible to play in Friday's rematch in St. Peter.
The Pipers seemed to relish their return to the building they once called home. Although the first period ended scoreless, Hamline had the better chances as evidenced by the 12-6 edge in shots on goal. An early second period power play provided the opening needed. Widing buried a shot at 2:05 to give the Pipers a lead they would never lose. 89 seconds after Widing's goal, Joel Scatterelli finished off a three-way play for his first collegiate goal to make it 2-0. it stayed that way the rest of the period, even though GAC held a slight 11-10 edge in shots. The Gusties came out flying in the third period, only to be constantly thwarted by Christian. Cameron Stowers' PP goal and Widing's second of the night -- a shorthanded breakaway -- put the game out of reach.
Christian handled 16 shots in flawlessly in the period until the late game incident. Matt Hemingway replaced Christian in goal and worked the rest of the game without incident to share the shutout.
Hamline holds a two-point lead over Gustavus and Concordia for second place. The Pipers face the Cobbers next weekend in a two-game series in Vadnais Heights.