Rosemount, Minn. – For the second straight Friday night on the road, goals came in large bunches for the Gustavus men’s hockey team. Tonight at the Rosemount Community Center, Gustavus found the back of the net seven times, running away with a 7-4 victory after exploding for four goals in the second period.
Win the win, the Gusties pick up a crucial two points and improve to 10-7-3 overall and 4-5-2 in the MIAC. Hamline drops to 1-16-5 overall and 1-9-3 in the MIAC with the loss.
Tim LaBombard (Sr., Bloomington, Minn.) kicked the scoring off at the 2:31 mark of the opening period when he scored off assists from Ilya Kravtchouk (Jr., Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Brian White (Sr., Fort Frances, Ont.). LaBombard has now scored a goal in two straight games, while White extends is assist-streak to three games.
Hamline’s Brandon Zurn responded 12 minutes later in the period with a power play goal to tie the game at 1-1 at the 14:31 mark. It was the only power play goal of the game, as Hamline went 1-for-5 and Gustavus went 0-for-2.
Just over a minute later, Zurn struck again, this time at 15:32 to put Hamline on top 2-1.
Still within two minutes after Zurn’s game-tying goal, Brenden Baker (Sr., Edina, Minn.) tied the game at 2-2 with a goal from Nate Paulsen (So., La Habra, Calif.) and Adam Smyth (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) at the 16:11 point.
Gustavus’ four-goal second period began when Baker scored his second goal of the evening at the 4:41 mark. The goal came from Corey Leivermann (Jr., North Mankato, Minn.) and Jack Walsh (So., Mahtomedi, Minn.) and put Gustavus up 3-2. Baker ended up with a season-best three points in the game after later adding an assist later.
Leivermann provided the first assist on Gustavus’ second goal of the scoring-spree, finding Andrew Peterson (Sr., Reno, Nev.) for a goal (hist third of the year) at the 8:09 mark.
Adam Smyth put the Gusties up 5-2 at 12:59 with the eventual game-winning goal. Smyth later added two more assists, giving him four points on the night. He has now scored seven points on four goals and three assists over the past three games.
Tyler Lapic (So., New Prague, Minn.) capped off the second frame scoring at the 18:15 mark, extending Gustavus’ edge to 6-2. Lapic’s goal was his first since Dec. 7 against Lawrence.
The Gusties outshot the Pipers 12-2 in the second period, matching their season-best defensive effort when they allowed just two shots in the first period to Bethel on Nov. 10.
Ryan Johnson (Sr., Blaine, Minn.) snapped his goal-scoring drought :21 seconds into the third period, knocking the puck in on assists from Andy Pearson (So., Burnsville, Minn.) and Smyth. The goal was Johnson’s first since Nov. 30 against Augsburg, while Pearson has now recorded two assists twice in the past three contests.
Hamline’s Austin Cihak and Grant Fahnhorst both scored in the eighth minute of the final frame to bring the score to a final at 7-4.
After outshooting the Pipers 22-13 in the opening 40 minutes, Gustavus finished with a 27-22 edge in shots.
Tyler Venne (Sr., New Hope, Minn.) earned the victory between the pipes, improving to 6-4-3 after allowing four goals and making 18 saves.
Matt Hemingway took the loss for Hamline after allowing four goals in 28:09. Hemingway made 11 saves before he was pulled for Nick Heimer. Heimer went 31:51, allowing three goals and stopping nine shots.
Five Gusties recorded a multiple-point game while a total of 12 players hit the scoresheet with at least a point.
The Gustavus men’s hockey team will return to the confides of Don Roberts Ice Rink tomorrow night for the series finale set to begin at 7:05 p.m.