After recording a 4-4 tie on Friday night in St. Peter, the Gustavus men’s hockey lost 9-3 to 12th ranked St. Thomas on Saturday night in St. Paul. The Tommies outshot the Gusties 41-26 and were 2-4 on the power play, while Gustavus was 1-7 on the power play.
St. Thomas took the lead 5:43 into the first period with a power play goal from Dan Krmpotich. The Tommies added another goal 1:10 later when Kevin Rollwage scored an unassisted goal. Kyle Menken scored his fourth goal of the season at 13:12 of the opening period to cut St. Thomas’ lead in half. Nick Droogsma and Loren Havemeier were credited with the assists.
The Gusties tied the game at two goals apiece just 1:04 into the second period. Mike Hosfield recorded his tenth goal of the season off of assists from Adam Meyer and Loren Havemeier. The Tommies responded with an unassisted goal from Darin Strand at 5:10 to give them their second lead of the night. Anthony Blumer scored for the Tommies at 6:29 to give the Tommies a 4-2 advantage. Blumer’s eleventh goal of the season ended up being the gamewinner for St. Thomas. Loren Havemeier recorded his third point of the night with a goal at 7:42 to pull the Gusties within one. Kyle Menken tallied the assist for Gustavus. St. Thomas would add three more goals before the second intermission. Andy Panchenko scored at 9:02, Ryan Hoehn scored at 12:47 and Nick Harris scored at 15:02 to give the Tommies a 7-3 lead after 40 minutes of play.
St. Thomas added two more goals in the third period of play to make the final 9-3 in favor of the home team. The Tommies improved to 13-5-5 overall and 10-3-1 overall, while the Gusties fall to 9-13-1 overall and 6-7-1 in the MIAC.
Gustavus will return to action this weekend with the final conference series against Augsburg.