The University of Wisconsin-Stout took on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for two games at the Dunn County Ice Arena on Oct. 28 and 29. The Blue Devils headed into the weekend undefeated but came out with a split.
UW-Stout got into the penalty box early and often but would start the scoring in Friday night’s game with two short-handed goals. Garrett Grimstad, a junior from Rochester, Minn., scored in just under three minutes from the puck-drop with an assist from Kevin O’Donnell, a sophomore from Stoughton, Wis.
UW-Stout would go on to score two more goals in the first period. Dan Cecka, a sophomore from Woodbury, Minn., scored with assists from Grimstad and Charles Lachance, a junior from Quebec City. Joe Beaudette, a junior from Blaine, Minn., scored a power play goal assisted by O’Donnell and Lachance.
The second period was almost identical with Lachance scoring within three minutes of faceoff. Branden Gay, a senior from Calgary, Alberta, added another score with assists from Sam Carr, a junior from Roseau, Minn., and Mike Hartviksen, a sophomore from Thunder bay, Ontario, to make it 5-0 in the Blue Devils’ favor.
The Blue Devils were called for 10 penalties and the Blugolds finally made good with two power play goals from Eric Mclintock in the third period, but that was not enough as UW-Stout went on to win 5-2.
Tom Lescovich, a junior from Clifton Park, N.Y., saved 26 of 28 shots, improving his record to 3-0.
UW-Eau Claire started the scoring in Saturday’s game with two goals in the first period, the second coming on a power play, to take a 2-0 lead.
Both teams skated nearly the whole second period before Logan Maly, a junior from Rio, Wis., scored a power play goal for UW-Stout with assists from Chris Stafne, a sophomore from Duluth, Minn., and Luke Dillon, a freshman from Thief River Falls, Minn., to bring UW-Stout within one goal.
The Blue Devils evened the score to 2-2 at the beginning of the third period when Zach Vierling, a freshman from Coon Rapids, Minn., scored his first collegiate goal with assists from Grimstad and Jason Cohen, a junior from Anchorage, Ala.
UW-Eau Claire would come back to take the lead for good with over five minutes left in the third period, when Jordan Singer beat Lescovich for the game-winning goal.
UW-Stout won the faceoff margin 38 to 29 but could not convert down the stretch as UW-Eau Claire went on to win 3-2.
The Blugolds put up 35 shots and Lescovich saved 32, including 14 in the second period, but gave up one more than he could afford to.
The Blue Devils ended the weekend with a 3-1 overall record and tied for first place with UW-Eau Claire with two points in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
UW-Stout will host Concordia College of Moorehead, Minn. on Friday, Nov. 4, and St. John’s University on Saturday, Nov. 5. Both games are set to start at 7:30 p.m