The University of Wisconsin-Stout men’s hockey team hosted Augsburg College (1-4-0 overall) on Friday, Nov. 9. Student fans packed the Dunn County Ice Arena for the team’s first home game of the season. The game generated high intensity and fast-paced action, eventually leading UW-Stout to a 5-2 victory.
The Blue Devils opened a 1-0 lead in the first period with their only power play goal of the evening. Assists from Jake Useldinger, a freshman from East Grand Forks, Minn., and Ricky Doriott, a senior from Blaine, Minn., led senior forward Charles Lachance from Quebec City, to his first goal of the season.
Halfway through the second period, UW-Stout scored again on Augsberg. Senior Scott Bell from Eagan, Minn. also scored his first goal of the season – putting the Blue Devils up 2-0. Juniors Mike Hartviksen from Thunder Bay, Ontario and Logan Maly from Rio, Wis. were credited with the assists.
However, Augsburg soon made their mark on the scoreboard. With about five minutes remaining in the second period, the Auggies swept in an easy goal. Their point made for a close game going into the third.
UW-Stout recovered their two-goal lead early in the third period. On a rebound, Hartviksen scored his first goal of the season, with Useldinger and Maly combining for their second assists of the night, making the score 3-1.
Just 40 seconds later, Augsburg answered with their own power play goal. For about 20 seconds, the Auggies were able to maintain their one-goal deficit; then senior Joe Beaudette from Blaine, Minn. and junior Kevin O’Donnell from Stoughton, Wis. allowed Jordan Tredinnick, a sophomore from Onalaska, Wis., to score his second goal of the season.
The Blue Devils finished off the Auggies with the final goal of the evening. Augsburg pulled their goalie, allowing a fourth Blue Devil to earn his first goal of the season. Senior Sam Carr from Roseau, Minn. scored the empty-netter with assists from Zach Vierling, a sophomore from Coon Rapids, Minn. and Garrett Grimstad, a senior from Rochester, Minn. The point put up a final score of 5-2 in favor of UW-Stout.
Though the Blue Devils were outshot 30 to 45, their scoring percentage was key. Senior goalie Tom Lescovich from Clifton Park, N.Y. earned his first win of the season with 43 saves. In total, the Blue Devils combined for 16 penalty minutes, which was a few more than the 12-minute total for the Auggies.
Friday night’s game increased UW-Stout’s record to 2-2-2 overall. The Blue Devils will begin their series with the University of Wisconsin-Superior (5-1-0 overall) on Friday, Nov. 16 at home.