Men's Hockey Falls Just Short at UW-River Falls
|UW-Eau Claire (11-9-2, 5-9-1 NCHA)||1||1||0||2|
|UW-River Falls (14-6-2, 8-5-2 NCHA)||1||2||0||3|
|1st - 09:41||PP - Ross Andersen (UW-Eau Claire)|
|1st - 10:35||Steve Zierke (UW-River Falls)|
|2nd - 01:56||Ross Andersen (UW-Eau Claire)|
|2nd - 03:33||Willie Hess (UW-River Falls)|
|2nd - 11:49||Jeff Burke (UW-River Falls)|
|UW-Eau Claire||UW-River Falls|
Ross Andersen - 2
A: Tyler Romasco - 2
Sh: TEAM - 22
Sv: Brandon Stephenson - 23
3 Players (#4, #16, #19 - 1)
A: 5 Players (#6, #9, #13, #20, #21 - 1)
Sh: 2 Players (#4, #16 - 4)
Sv: Scott Lewan - 20
|TEAM STATISTICS||UW-Eau Claire||UW-River Falls|
|Power Plays||1 for 4||0 for 3|
|Penalties (min)||4 (8)||5 (10)|
|Shots on Goal||22||26|
|Face Offs Won||0||0|
RIVER FALLS, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – Despite taking an early lead, the UW-Eau Claire men's hockey team couldn't hold on and fell 3-2 at UW-River Falls tonight.
Ross Andersen (Fr.-River Falls, Wis.) scored both of the Blugolds' goals tonight.
Less than one minute later, however, River Falls' Steve Zierke tied the game with an even-strength goal.
In the second period, Andersen gave the Blugolds another lead as he scored at 1:56. Romasco and Jordan Singer (Jr.-Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial) recorded assists on the goal.
River Falls quickly answered to tie the game up at two apiece with a goal at 3:33. The Falcons added the go-ahead goal at 11:49 and held on the rest of the game for the 3-2 win.
River Falls edged the Blugolds on the shot chart, 26-22, but the Blugolds held 9-7 and 6-5 advantages in the second and third periods, respectively.
Brandon Stephenson (Jr.-Saline, Mich.) played all but the final 55 seconds of tonight's game in-goal and finished with 23 saves.
Dropping their third straight game, the Blugolds fall to 11-9-2 on the season and 5-9-1 in the NCHA. River Falls improves to 14-6-2 overall and 8-5-2 in the conference.
Tomorrow, the Blugolds will host UW-Stout at Hobbs Ice Center at 7 p.m. Playing twice in late October, the Blugolds and Blue Devils currently are tied in the series this year with one game apiece.