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Foresters Get Third Period Goal To Tie Men's Hockey
Posted: Saturday, February 3, 2007
EAU CLAIRE - The UW-Eau Claire men's hockey team played in its fourth straight overtime game tonight as they ended up in a tie with Lake Forest College (IL) by a score of 3-3 at the Hobbs Ice Center.
With the tie the Blugolds are now 8-11-4 overall and 1-8-3 in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. The Foresters have an overall record of 3-17-3 and a conference record of 0-9-3. Lake Forest is winless in their last nine contests.
The Foresters, looking for their first NCHA win, jumped out early on the Blugolds as Justin Taylor scored a short-handed goal with 6:13 remaining in the first period. Playing a man down again, Lake Forest scored its second goal of the contest on a Greg Ihnken goal with 1:17 left to play in the first period to make the score 2-0 Foresters at the first intermission.
The Blugolds would rebound with a big second period. Dan Fina (So.-Fontana/Glenbard South, IL) got Eau Claire on the scoreboard with a power play goal a little less than four minutes into the period. Dave Coleman (Sr.-Whitby, ONT/Leo J. Austin) and Sean Garrity (Jr.-North St. Paul, MN) had the assists. The first even-handed goal of the game was scored at 7:10 when Ben Hendrick (So.-Andover, MN/Anoka) put the puck in the net to tie the score at 2-2. Greg Petersen (So.-Maple Grove, MN/Totino-Grace) assisted on the goal.
After a hooking penalty by the Foresters, the Blugolds took their first lead of the night on a Mark Stockdale (Fr.-Brantford, ONT) power play goal with 17 seconds left in the second period to make the score 3-2 Eau Claire at the second intermission. It was Stockdale's first collegiate goal. Jesse Vesel (So.-Hibbing, MN) and Sean Garrity had the assists. The Blugolds out-shot Lake Forest 15-5 in the second period.
With a little over 11 minutes left in the third period, the Foresters' Blake O?Keefe would even the game 3-3 on an even-handed goal. The Blugolds kept the pressure on the Foresters as they out-shot Lake Forest 16-4 in the third period. Eau Claire had a power play opportunity the final two minutes of regulation, but could not score and the game went into overtime.
The Blugolds had five shot attempts in overtime, while the Foresters had three but neither team could get one past the opposing goaltenders as the game ended in a 3-3 tie.
The Blugolds doubled-up Lake Forest in shots, 44-22. Blugolds goaltender Ryan Mensing (So.-Langley, BC/Walnut Grove SS) saved 19 shots in the tie. Mensing is now 6-11-3 this season. Foresters' goaltender Brandon Kohuch stopped 41 shots on the night.
The Blugolds were 2-for-8 on the power play, while Lake Forest was 0-for-4. The least penalized team in the NCHA, Lake Forest, finished with a total of eight penalties and the most penalized team, Eau Claire, finished with a total of four penalties.
The Blugolds will travel to face UW-Stevens Point next Friday night for the first game of a home-and-home series. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
- JR -