The Gustavus men’s hockey team scored three goals in the third period to defeat 13th-ranked UW-Stevens Point 6-3 on Saturday night in Stevens Point, Wis. Special teams played an important part in the win as the Gusties recorded two power-play goals and one shorthanded goal. Several players got in on the scoring as six different players accounted for the goals, while David Martinson and Ross Ring-Jarvi led the way with one goal and two assists each. Gustavus improved to 7-4-0 overall, as the Pointers dropped to 8-5-0.
Less than one minute after UW-Stevens Point took a 1-0 lead, David Martinson tied the score on a shorthanded goal at 5:46 in the first period. Ross Ring-Jarvi was credited with the assist. Joe Welch gave the Gusties a one goal lead with 12:18 elapsed in the period by scoring an unassisted goal as the first period ended at 2-1.
Gustavus struck again early in the second period when Ring-Jarvi tallied a power-play goal after receiving a pass from James Leathers and Josh Swartout at 4:59. The Pointers responded with two even strength goals to send the squads into the locker rooms tied at 3-3.
In the decisive third period, Head Coach Brett Petersen’s team broke the tie when Cody Mosbeck scored his fourth goal of the season on a power play at 4:25. Mitch Carlson and Rory Dynan were awarded with assists on the goal. Three minutes later, Carlson added an insurance goal after he was hit with a pass from Ring-Jarvi and Martinson to build a two-goal advantage at 5-3. Justin Lee and Martinson found Pat Dynan for an empty net goal with less than a minute to play to seal the victory.
Gustavus was 2-for-5 on power plays compared to UW-Stevens Point going 0-for-5. The Gusties were out-shot 29-21, but Josh Swartout played well between the pipes as he posted 26 saves in the win. The Pointers’ Thomas Speer suffered the loss by making 15 stops.
Gustavus, which is now 4-1-0 in non-conference contests, returns to action against Elmira on January 2 at 4 p.m. (CST) in Northfield, Vermont as part of the Norwich Tournament.