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ISSUE 121 VOL 9 PUBLISHED 11/30/2007

Hockey breaks string against Auggies

By Lauren Melcher
Staff Writer

Friday, November 30, 2007

St. Olaf defeated Concordia University (Wisc.) 6-2 in a non-conference game Nov. 23, their third win in three games. The win brought their season record to 4-2-1 (2-0-0 MIAC).

The week before, the men won their first two conference matchups, both against Augsburg College. On Nov. 16 , they outscored the Auggies 6-3 in Minneapolis, then turned around and beat them 4-3 in Northfield the next day.

The win against Augsburg on Nov. 16 broke an eight-game tie streak between the two teams.

In the 6-3 victory, all six goals were scored by different players. The key goal came from Nick Stalock '09 in the game's final two minutes. Augsburg had just scored three goals late in the third period, bringing the score to 5-3. Stalock's goal, his fifth shot on net, clinched the game for St. Olaf. Sam Windsor '09 also led the pack with a goal and an assist.

Sophomore goaltender Brycen Eberwein had 28 saves. Meanwhile, the Oles attempted 34 shots on the Augsburg goal, with six penetrating the Auggie defense. Brett Kistner's '08 early goal set the tone for the match, with Olaf leading 5-0 until the third period.

When the teams met again the next day at Northfield Ice Arena, the Auggies took the lead with two goals before Dylan Mueller '09 and Windsor scored to tie the score. After each team scored again, Erik Morrow '11 scored in overtime to win the game for St. Olaf. Jeff Budish '08 had the assist on that goal, as well as on John Paulson's 08 tie-breaking goal earlier in the third period.

Windsor and Justin Green '08 both had five shots on goal as part of the strong Ole offense. Eberwein and the defense fended off 23 attempts by Augsburg. But the Auggies sent the game into overtime with a goal in the last few seconds of regulation. Morrow's game-winning goal was also his first goal in black and gold.

Stalock continued his offensive domination Friday against Concordia with two goals and an assist. Will Smith '09, Matt LaBombard '10 and Karl Hylle '10 also scored goals in the 6-2 victory. Nick Krauss '11 played his first full game in the net and contributed 19 saves, while the offense bombarded Concordia's net with 43 shots. Concordia's hockey program is in its first year as a varsity sport.

The men face St. John's in a home-and-home series beginning with a 7 p.m. Friday tilt at Northfield Ice Arena.

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