The Gustavus men’s hockey team kicked off its weekend trip in eastern Wisconsin with a 5-3 victory over Concordia University on Friday night in Cedarburg, Wis. The Gusties used a three-goal first period on the way to their third road win of the season. Gustavus improves to 5-4-2 overall with the win while Concordia drops to 1-10-2 with the loss.
For the second-straight Friday night, Zach May led the offensive attack with his second two goal game of the season. May hit the back of the net at the 18:18 mark of the first period to put Gustavus up 3-0, then later added a goal :41 seconds into the second period to give Gustavus a 4-1 advantage.
The Gusties took a 3-1 lead in the opening period after outshooting the Falcons 19-to-3 in frame. Jack Walsh put Gustavus on the scoreboard 5:53 into the first period with a power play goal. Mark Jackson put the Gusties up 2-0 at the 13:46 mark of the period before May buried his first goal to go up 3-0. Concordia brought the first period scoring to an end when Greg Douglas notched a goal :20 seconds after May’s goal.
Gustavus took a 5-2 lead by the end of the second period. After May’s game-winner to start the period, Falcon Mario Delasandro brought the score to 4-2 with a goal at 13:17. Ryan Johnson scored Gustavus’ final goal at 17:09 of the second to bring the score to 5-2. Concordia outshot Gustavus 15-to-8 in the period.
Concordia’s Russell Johnson brought the game to a final with a short-handed goal at the 14:30 mark of the third period. The Gusties held the shot advantage 36-26 at the final buzzer.
John McLean picked up his third-straight win in goal after making 23 saves in a complete game. McLean is now 4-3-0 on the year.
The Gustie penalty killers continued to do the job Friday night, holding the Falcons scoreless on five attempts. Gustavus finished 1-for-5 on the man advantage.
The Gusties will cap the weekend with a game against Lawrence University on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in Appleton, Wis.