The Gustavus men’s hockey team hosted non-conference opponent UW-Stevens Point on Saturday night in St. Peter, Minn. The Pointers defeated the Gusties 5-3 to improve to 3-2-0, while the Gusties fall to 0-4-0.
Stevens Point got on the scoreboard quickly with goal from freshman Nate Sorenson. Sorenson attempted to dump the puck into the offensive zone off the boards and Gustie goaltender Brett Sawyer left the creace anticipating to control the puck for Gustavus. However, the puck to a wicked deflection off the boards and founds its way into the back of the net for the Pointers just 26 seconds into the game. Sophomore Nick Zebro added another goal at 10:50 of the first period to give the Pointers a 2-0 lead.
The Gusties battled back into the game scoring two unanswered goals. Sophomore Steven Jensen scored at 7:09 in the second period to cut the Pointer’s lead in half. Junior Steven Dusich was credited with the assist. Dusich scored a goal approximately ten minutes later (17:05) to tie the game up at two goals apiece.
The Pointers regained the lead just 2:05 into the third period with a goal from junior Dan Francis. Steven Jensen scored his second goal of the game on the power play at 7:07 in the third period to tie the game back up. Pointer forward Dan Francis recorded his second goal of the night at 10:45 of the final period to give the Pointers the lead for the third time of the night. Junior Mark Peters added an insurance goal on the power play at 17:35 of the third period to hand the Gusties their fourth consecutive loss of the season.
UW-Stevens Point recorded 35 shots and went 2-4 on the power play, while Gustavus recorded 23 shots and went 1-7 on the power play. Sophmore goaltender Brett Sawyer made 30 saves in between the pipes for Gustavus.
Gustavus will play four consecutive road matches starting next Friday, November 19 at Lake Forest. The Gusties will play the next night at St. Norbert.