ST. PETER, Minn. – After a 5-2 Gustie victory for Friday night in Mendota Elevation, Minn., the Gustavus men’s hockey company dropped a 4-1 decision with the University of St. Thomas Saturday evening at Dress in Roberts Ice Rink, settling for the set split versus the Tommies.
The Gusties, now 7-7-3 over-all and 6-2 during Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action, were unable to come back from a two-goal deficit after the 1st period.
St. Thomas scored at the beginning of the first period, capitalizing on an unfortunate bounce off an official. Cullen Willox used the Gustie defender as a tv screen and ripped a shot prior Robbie Goor for the unassisted goal. The Tommies controlled play for the majority of the period along with notched the eventual game-winner at the 17:07 mark as Tanner Barnes deflected a trial from the point, giving UST a 2-0 lead heading into the secondly period.
After the Tommies held a 9-5 shots on goal advantage in the first 20 minutes, Gustavus returned strong in the middle frame, heating 18 shots but couldn’big t find away to convert former St. Thomas goaltender Ben Myers.
With the momentum in favor of the actual Black and Gold, the Johnny Panvica rebound goal squeeze dagger in the Gustavus comeback attempts, giving UST a 3-0 lead with more than two minutes remaining in the other period.
Playing strong and applying pressure consistently throughout the game, the Gusties’ top line of Colin Hernon , Evan Erickson , and Caleb Anderson came thru on a three-on-two opportunity at 16:51 of the third period of time. Anderson found Hernon streaking towards the net while he slid a shot five-hole for his sixth goal of the season.
However, the Gustie mission was too little too late, since St. Thomas held with for the remainder of the game while adding an empty-netter with under Half a minute to seal the 4-1 win.
Goor totalled 23 saves in net while suffering loss, falling his record to 2-2-2 total on the season. Gustavus outshot the Tommies 30-27 though each team while each team went scoreless on the gentleman advantage.
Next weekend, Gustavus continues MIAC stage with a series against Augsburg University. The Gusties are set to host a Auggies at Don Roberts Ice Rink with Friday prior to heading to Minnesota, Minn. Saturday.