Sometimes a tie works out just fine. Less than three minutes after seeing his team stunned with a longshot goal, Greg Northrop came up with a surprise goal of his own and lifted the Pipers into a 1-1 two overtime tie with Wis-Superior Wednesday at Paterson Field. Hamline is 2-11-2 overall but undefeated in their last four non-conference games at home.
The two teams battled through a scoreless first half that saw the Yellowjackets (8-6-2) start to dictate play as time wore on. At 51:46, UWS forward Ben Kasper took a long shot that weaved its way through a maze of players and eluded HU goalie Eric Feil for the game's first goal.
But HU responded quickly. At 54:12, Sam Studer went up the middle and dropped a pass to his left. Northrop (No. 21 in picture) was right on cue and, seeing a defender at his right, caught the 'Jackets off guard with a nifty left footed move to steer the ball into the net for his 4th goal of the season.
After that, Feil and his opposite number (Matt Elder) took control of the game. Feil recorded nine saves in all, including a sprawling stop with 14 seconds left in regulation time. He added three more in the extra sessions. Elder recorded five saves, one in overtime.
The Yellowjackets have four wins against MIAC teams this season, including one over league leader St. Thomas.
Hamline returns to MIAC play this Saturday, October 20 against Augsburg at Paterson Field. Game time is 1:00 p.m.