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Men's Hockey Wins At Home
Posted: Friday, December 12, 2008
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - The UW-Eau Claire men's hockey team recorded its second shutout of the season, defeating the Augsburg College Auggies 3-0 tonight at Hobbs Ice Center.
With the Blugolds' non-conference win tonight, they move to 8-4-0 on the year and 5-2-0 at home. UW-Eau Claire remains in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association with Stevens Point and UW-River Falls.
The Blugolds appeared on the board first with a goal in the first period. With seven seconds left in the opening period, Eau Claire's John Kearns (So.-Chicago, Ill./Maine South) scored the Blugolds' first even-strength goal of the night with assists from Bryan Plaszcz (Sr.-Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) and Ross Janecyk (So.-Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) to put the home team up 1-0.
The second period had no goals from either team, but once the third period rolled around, the Blugolds remained dominant. Nic Weight (Fr.-Eagle River, Wis. /Northland Pines) scored his second goal of the season and the Blugolds' second even-strength goal at 13:52 to give the Blugolds a 2-0 lead. Tim Possehl (So.-Fond du Lac, Wis.) and Sam Bauler (Sr.-Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) assisted on the goal. Eau Claire's leading scorer this season Sean Garrity (Sr.-North St. Paul, Minn./North) added to his season total by scoring on an empty Auggie net at 19:14 in the third with the assist from Joe Bluhm (Jr.-Red Wing, Minn.).
The Blugolds continued to out shoot their opponents tonight 41-17. Eau Claire goalkeeper Tyler Brigl (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) recorded his second shutout of the year and moves to 7-3-0 on the season. Brigl had 17 saves on the night. Augsburg goalkeeper Andrew Kent had 38 saves on the night and played 59:25.
Eau Claire steps back onto the ice tomorrow in Blaine, Minn. to take on the Bethel University Royals at the Bethel University Arena. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.
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