The No. 2 UW-Stevens Point men's hockey team saw its season-opening nine-game winning streak snapped in a 3-2 loss to UW-Stout in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game on Saturday night at K.B. Willett Arena.
The Pointers (9-1, 1-1 WIAC) led 1-0 early before the Blue Devils (3-7, 1-1 WIAC) scored the game's next three goals to lead 3-1 in the third period. UWSP got a late power-play goal from Joe Kalisz with just over two minutes remaining but could not find the game-tying goal.
UW-Stevens Point outshot UW-Stout 61-17 in the game but Stout's Corey Koop made 59 saves to hold the Pointers to two goals. The two goals are tied for the fewest the Pointers have scored in a game this season.
Nick D'Avolio gave UWSP an early 1-0 lead with his fourth goal of the season. D'Avolio's goal came at the 6:30 mark and was assisted by Alex Kromm. The Pointers outshot the Blue Devils 21-3 in the opening period but Koop's 20 saves kept the score at 1-0.
The score remained 1-0 until the later stages of the second period when Kevin O'Donnell's goal evened matters at 1-1. Midway through the third period UW-Stout took a 2-1 lead after a goal by Hunter Scott.
The Blue Devils made it 3-1 two and a half minutes later at 11:43 of the third period. Zach Vierling finished off a 4-on-2 break for UW-Stout to give the Pointers their first two-goal deficit of the season.
Kalisz's sixth goal of the season gave the Pointers a chance to tie the game in the final two minutes but Koop made saves on Scott Henegar and Garrett Ladd as the Blue Devils closed out the victory.
UW-Stevens Point will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season on Friday, December 13 when Lawrence pays a visit to K.B. Willett Arena at 7 p.m.
Four different players scored as the No. 7 UW-Stevens Point women's hockey defeated UW-Eau Claire 4-3 for the second straight night, completing a weekend sweep of the Blugolds on Saturday night.
Four different players scored for UW-Stevens Point (9-1-1, 5-1 WIAC), who lead 4-1 in the final two minutes of the game. UW-Eau Claire (1-7-2, 0-5-1 WIAC) scored twice in the final minute and a half of the game, including once with nine seconds left.
The teams were tied at 1-1 after the first period. Megan Nickelson gave the Pointers a 1-0 lead with her first goal of the season at 13:46 of the opening period on assists by Shauna Bollinger and Cassandra Salmen. Just 37 seconds later, however, the Blugolds hit back with a power-play goal by Amanda Kane.
The score remained tied for over 20 minutes until Salmen gave UWSP the lead again late in the second period. Salmen's fifth goal of the season was set up by Meredith Ingbretson.
The Pointers then extended their lead to 4-1 with a pair of third-period goals. Josie Johnson scored her first goal of the season midway through the third period before Allie Tanzer tied Salmen for the team lead in goals with five off another assist by Bollinger. Tanzer's goal, the eventual game-winner, came on the power play little more than two mintues after Johnson's.
Late goals from Sam Knuton and Katie Burkey for UW-Eau Claire made the final score 4-3.
UW-Stevens Point outshot UW-Eau Claire 53-30 in the game led by eight shots each from Salmer and Emil Lester. Paige Turner made 49 saves in net for the Blugolds but took the loss. Hillary Drake kept out 27 UWEC shots to pick up her third win in three starts this season.
The Pointers look for their fourth consecutive win as they travel to St. Thomas next weekend.