Blugolds Fall Short Against Falcons
|UW-Eau Claire (11-2-1, 7-2-1 NCHA)||0||1||0||1|
|UW-River Falls (5-5-2, 1-5-2 NCHA)||1||0||1||2|
|1st - 07:19||PP - Zach Schrotenboer (UW-River Falls)|
|2nd - 06:57||PP - Isaiah Bennis (UW-Eau Claire)|
|3rd - 07:46||Willie Hess (UW-River Falls)|
|UW-Eau Claire||UW-River Falls|
Isaiah Bennis - 1
A: Jack Callahan - 1
Sh: 3 Players (#12, #19, #25 - 3)
Sv: Brandon Stephenson - 25
2 Players (#16, #19 - 1)
A: 4 Players (#4, #15, #16, #18 - 1)
Sh: 3 Players (#4, #14, #16 - 3)
Sv: Scott Lewan - 25
|TEAM STATISTICS||UW-Eau Claire||UW-River Falls|
|Power Plays||1 for 4||1 for 1|
|Penalties (min)||1 (2)||4 (11)|
|Shots on Goal||26||27|
|Face Offs Won||0||0|
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) — Playing their final game before the holiday break, the UW-Eau Claire men's hockey team was looking to finish on a high note. But UW-River Falls had other ideas, handing the Blugolds just their second loss of the season, a 2-1 final.
UW-River Falls started the scoring at 7:19 of the first period with a power-play goal. That was the only tally of the period and in the second period, the Blugolds would tie the game up with a power-play goal of their own.
Isaiah Bennis (Sr.-Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial) scored his ninth goal of the season with an assist to Jack Callahan (So.-Red Bank, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) to tie the game 1-1.
In the third period, it was the Falcons who broke the tie on a goal at 7:46. That goal stood to be the game-winner as the Blugolds were not able to solve Falcons goalie Scott Lewan.
The Blugolds pulled goalie Brandon Stephenson (Sr.-Saline, Mich./Saline) with 0:47 to play, but the Falcons held on for the win. Stephenson finished with 25 saves and the Falcons outshot the Blugolds 27-26. The Blugolds were 1-for-4 on the power-play while the Falcons capitalized on their lone man-advantage, finishing 1-for-1.
The Blugolds will be off now until Friday, Jan. 4 when they host Saint John's at Hobbs Ice Center.