Tyson Kalien, Guard, 6-1, 210, Junior, Chippewa Falls,
Kalien continued his hot shooting as the Blugolds won their second consecutive WIAC road game. In a 75-72 victory at UW-Stout on January 7 Kalien led all scorers with 25 points making nine-of-12 field goal attempts including a seven-of-nine performance from the three-point line. Kalien also collected three rebounds and two assists in the victory. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak to the Blue Devils and was the first Blugold victory at Johnson Fieldhouse since December 1, 2007. Kalien has scored 20 or more points in four of his last six games.
Teenie Lichtfuss, Guard, 5-10, Junior, Oshkosh,
Lichtfuss had a career night as the Blugolds defeated rival UW-Stout 66-49. Against the Blue Devils Lichtfuss scored 27 points making 11-of-14 field goals which included two-of-three field goals and a perfect three-of-three from the free throw line in 32 minutes of action. Lichtfuss also recorded three steals, two rebounds and one assist. Her previous high in scoring this season was an 18-point performance in a 78-50 victory over Hamline University (MN) on November 16. Prior to January 7 Lichtfuss’ previous career high in points was set on January 3, 2013 when she scored 22 points at UW-Stout in a 69-55 loss to the Blue Devils.
All-Around: Tori Erickson, Freshman,
Erickson started the season off well for the Blugolds. In a 192.550-183.800 loss to Division I-Central Michigan University on January 3, Erickson was the only Blugold who competed in all four events and earned a total score of 37.025 earning a 9.250 on the vault, 9.200 on the bars, 9.400 on the beam and a 9.175 on the floor. At the UW-Eau Claire Invite on January 9, Erickson helped the Blugolds to a second-place team finish and earned an all-around score of 34.425. Erickson scored a 9.050 on the vault, 8.325 on the bar, 8.300 on the beam and 8.750 on the floor.
Stubbs got out to a strong start for the Blugolds in two separate competitions. In a 192.550-183.800 loss to Division I Central Michigan University on January 3, Stubbs scored a 9.700 on the beam, 9.625 on the floor and 9.350 on the vault. Stubbs posted the highest scores for the beam and floor for the Blugolds against the Chippewas. At the UW-Eau Claire Invite on January 9, Stubbs again led the Blugolds posting team-best scores of 9.700 on the beam and 9.600 on the floor. Stubbs also earned a 9.250 on the vault.
Ross Andersen, Forward, 5-10, 179 Pounds, Senior, River
Andersen helped the Blugolds earn two non-conference victories this past weekend. In a 5-3 victory over Marian University (WI) Andersen scored the eventual game-winning goal short-handed at 17:13 of the third period giving the Blugolds a 4-2 lead. Andersen has scored three of the Blugolds’ four short-handed goals this season. In a 4-1 win at Augsburg College (MN) Andersen again scored the eventual game-winning goal, doing so at 3:41 of the second period which gave the Blugolds a 2-0 lead. For the week Andersen scored two goals, two assists and scored a +3 in both games. Both goals were game-winners and his +/- score was the highest score by either teams in both games.
Kim Van Brunt, Goalie, 5-5, Junior, Eagle River,
Van Brunt allowed just three goals in two games and earned her first win of the season for the Blugolds. In a 2-1 loss at St. Olaf (MN) on January 9 Van Brunt saved 32 shots in 58:23 of action. The following night at Hobbs Ice Center Van Brunt’s play in goal helped the Blugolds earn a 3-1 victory. Van Brunt saved 38 shots while playing all 60 minutes against the Oles. For the week Van Brunt went 1-1 allowing 1.5 goals per game, saving 70-of-73 shots faced (.959) and allowed just one goal in 15 penalty kill opportunities.
Robbie Rocole, 157 Pounds, Sophomore, Lakewood,
Rocole went 3-0 at the Muskie Duals hosted by Lakeland College. Rocole opened the day scoring a technical fall over TreJon House of the Milwaukee School of Engineering 17-1 at 5:00. In a 27-7 team win over host Lakeland, Rocole decisioned Mat Gonzalez 5-1. In the final dual of the day Rocole defeated Sam Koenig of the University of Chicago 4-1. In three matches Rocole outscored his three opponents by a combined score of 26-3.