The Gustavus men’s hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with Saint John’s on Friday night in St. Peter, Minn. The Johnnies led 3-2 at the 8:36 mark of the third period but Gustavus’ David Martinson tied it up 3-3 with 7:53 left on the clock. Both teams were unable to score in overtime resulting in a 3-3 tie. The Gusties were led by Martinson with two goals and one assist.
After a penalty kill by Gustavus at the 7:18 mark in the first period, Saint John’s scored a quick goal 19 seconds later by Chris Murray. The Gusties were unable to convert on a power play mid-way through the period and went into the first intermission trailing 1-0.
In the second period, Gustavus tied the game 1-1 on a power play goal at the 6:03 mark by David Martinson with assists coming from Ross Ring-Jarvi and Cody Mosbeck. Just eight seconds after a penalty kill by the Johnnies, Gustavus took a 2-1 lead at the 9:57 mark on a goal by Ring-Jarvi. Saint John’s answered with 5:24 remaining in the period on Murray’s second goal of the night and headed into the second intermission tied, 2-2.
After 8:36 of play in the third period, the Johnnies took a 3-2 lead on a power play goal by Alex Lindeberg. With 7:53 remaining, Martinson tied the score at 3-3 with his second goal of the night. It was an unusual goal from an extreme angle in the right corner that deflected off Johnnie goaltender Stu Van Ess’ back into the net.
Neither team was able to score in the five minute overtime.
Josh Swartout played all 65 minutes in goal for Gustavus making 27 saves. Stu Van Ess also played the entire game in the net for Saint John’s making 33 saves.
Gustavus is now 6-1-2 in conference play and 12-4-2 overall, while the Johnnies are now 5-8-3 overall and 1-5-1 in the MIAC.
The Gusties and Johnnies travel to St. Paul, Minn. on Sunday morning to complete the season series at the Xcel Energy Center. The game is part of the Minnesota Wild’s Skills Competition and will start at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster for $10 or at the Xcel box office for $15.
You will be able to watch Sunday’s hockey game live through the Gustavus Athletics website.