MEQUON, Wis. – Facing a 4-2 deficit late in the second period, the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Hockey team rallied for two goals and a 4-4 tie against No. 14 College of St. Scholastica. It was the second straight day CUW and CSS played to a tie in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association action.
Freshman Brett Penner (Medstead, Saskatchewan) scored two goals for the Falcons in helping them gain another point in the standings. He scored the team's first two goals, while freshman Dylan Hutton (Ajax, Ontario) and freshman Tanner Bull (Brooklin, Ontario) scored the final two, Bull's going down as the game-tying score.
CUW built a 2-1 advantage after 20 minutes of play Saturday. Penner put the Falcons up 1-0 with a power play goal 8:55 into the opening stanza on a goal assisted by sophomore Eli Riddle (Blissfield, Mich.) and freshman Riley Storzuk (Wynyard, Saskatchewan). The Saints answered 2:23 later when Brandon Nowakowski scored a power play goal, but CUW went back on top 2-1 on Penner's second score of the afternoon. Sophomore Jordan Thomas (Fontana, Calif.) and Storzuk assisted on the second Penner tally.
CSS controlled the second period, scoring three straight times to build a 4-2 lead with 3:26 remaining before the third intermission. Derek Sutliffe scored 57 seconds into the period for the equalizer, while Alex Valenti and Brandon Millin added goals of their own for the two goal advantage.
CUW took back some momentum before the second period ended as Hutton made the score 4-3 with 1:32 remaining before the third intermission. Sophomores Devin Stuermer (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Chris Hughes (Dundee, Mich.) assisted on the Hutton goal.
The Falcons took that momentum from the end of the second into the start of the third as they scored 1:31 into the final period for the game-tying tally. Bull deflected a shot from sophomore Harrison Newlands (Toronto, Ontario). Freshman Brandt Weldon (The Pas, Manitoba) also gained an assist on the play.
The remaining of the game saw no penalties and no goals as the two teams finished tied for the second straight game. Their were few power play opportunities in the contest as each team committed just three penalties, and both had just two power play opportunities.
Sophomore Jake Hebda (Firestone, Colo.) made 37 saves for the Falcons, while his counterpart, Colin Rundell, recorded 29. Both goalies also played the full contest last night and both leave the weekend series with 2-0-2 records.
CUW will return to action next weekend when they visit No. 6 Adrian College in another NCHA weekend series. Puck will drop Friday night at 6 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.