The Gustavus men’s hockey team played sixth-ranked Saint John’s on Sunday afternoon at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. The Gusties and Johnnies were tied at 3-3 at the end of regulation, so the game went to overtime. Pat Eagles scored the game winner 1:30 into overtime to give the Johnnies the conference victory. Saint John’s improves to 7-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the MIAC, while Gustavus falls to 3-7-0 overall and 0-2-0 in the MIAC.
Gustavus took a 1-0 lead at 5:10 of the first period with a goal from forward Mike Hosfield. Defenseman Eric Lindquist assisted on the opening goal. Johnnie forward Casey Parenteau tied the game up at one goal apiece when he scored at 17:35 of the first period. Forward Mike Hanke recorded the assist on the goal. After 20 minutes of play the game remained tied at 1-1 with Gustavus holding a 13-12 shot advantage.
Forward Aaron Getchell gave Saint John’s a 2-1 lead at 16:07 of the second period. Fowards Ryan Langenbrunner and Andy Johnson assisted on the goal. It took the Gusties just 43 seconds to equalize with a goal from defenseman Eric Lindquist. Forwards Reegan Rehm and Craig Jankowski assisted on the goal. The second period was played evenly with both teams recording ten shots and both teams going 0-3 on the power play.
The Johnnies took the lead for the second time of the afternoon with a goal from forward Brady Lundblad at 6:59 of the third period. Forwards Nick Levar and Mike Hanke were credited with the assists. Forward Mike Hosfield scored his second goal of the afternoon just 1:47 later to tie the game at 3-3. Forward Steven Jensen assisted on the goal. Neither team was able to score in the remaining eleven minutes of play and the game went to overtime.
The sixth-ranked Johnnies kept their perfect record alive with a gamewinning goal from foward Pat Eagles 1:30 into the overtime period. Foward Casey Parenteau and defenseman Adam Holmgren assisted on the goal.
The game was balanced between the teams as both teams recorded 32 shots, while Saint John’s went 0-6 on the power play and the Gusties went 0-5 on the power play. Johnnie goaltender Adam Hanna made 29 saves to record his fifth win of the season, while Gustie goaltender Brett Sawyer made 28 saves and suffered his third loss of the season.
Gustavus will be back in action next Saturday, December 11 when they host non-conference opponent Marian College. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05pm.