Adam Smyth Scores Four Goals, Men’s Hockey Defeats Lawrence 5-3

Posted on December 11th, 2011 by

Adam Smyth became the first Gustavus hockey player to score four goals since David Martinson did so in 2009.

The Gustavus men’s hockey team extended its winning-streak to four games thanks in large part to a four-goal performance by sophomore Adam Smyth on Saturday night in Appleton, Wis.  The Gusties capped off its weekend series in Wisconsin with a 5-3 victory over Lawrence University, improving to 6-4-2 overall on the season.

Smyth became the first Gustavus hockey player to tally four goals in a game since David Martinson did so twice on Nov. 14 against St. Olaf and Nov. 20 against Bethel in the 2009-10 season.

The Gusties got on the scoreboard first for the second time of the weekend.  Dane Erickson hit the back of the net 1:31 into the game to put Gustavus up 1-0.  Gustavus tallied 14 shots to Lawrence’s nine in the first period.

Lawrence answered when Phil Bushbacher notched the game-tying goal at the 6:11 mark of the second period.

Gustavus and Adam Smyth responded with three unanswered goals in a three-minute span later in the period.  Smyth’s goals came at 12:46, 13:45, and 15:47 of the second, giving Gustavus a 4-1 lead.  Smyth’s hat trick completing goal turned out to be the game-winner.  Lawrence had the advantage in shots in the second period 13-to-7.

Lawrence’s Phil Bushbacher cut the lead to 4-2 at in the eighth minute of the third period and Patrick Coyne brought the game to within one goal at 4-3 in the 15th.

Smyth put an end to any comeback thoughts at the 18:21 point of the frame with an empty netter to bring the contest to a final at 5-3.

John McLean picked up the win, his fourth-straight, between the pipes.  McLean allowed three goals and made 28 saves in the win.  McLean is now 5-3-0 with a save percentage of .927 and a goals against average of 2.12 on the season.

Lawrence finished with the shot advantage at 31-to-29, yet were held scoreless on one power play try.  Gustavus went 2-for-4 on the man advantage in the game, scoring on the power play for the third-straight game.

Gustavus will cap off the calendar year with a mid-week matchup against UW-River Falls on Wednesday night in River Falls, Wis.  Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

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