Old Abes rally past the Spartans
The Spartans led 4-2 late in the third period on Matthew Hinaus’ first career varsity goal with 4:36 left in the second period.
ECM got that goal back 1:08 later on a goal by Rafel Ponty and then soared past the Spartans in the third period with a pair of Charley Grasskamp power-play goals and Jacob Bresser’s goal into an empty net with 23.2 seconds remaining.
The loss drops the Spartans to 6-7 on the season, while the Old Abes, who are ranked No. 3 in Wisconsin, improve to 9-1-1.
Superior, which began the weekend with a 5-2 win over the Proctor Rails Friday night at Wessman Arena, outshot ECM 38-27. Paxton Paine had 21 saves for the Spartans and Nick Schreiter had 34 saves for the Old Abes.
The Old Abes scored first in the game when Bret Schwengler scored 7:36 into the game.
The Spartans answered with three straight goals, starting with Aaron Miller’s team-leading 15th goal just 28 seconds later.
Miller scored again on a power play 2:41 into the second period and Daniel Burger scored his first goal of the season two minutes later. Burger, a junior captain, returned to action Friday night after missing most of the season with a broken thumb.
The teams traded goals the rest of the second period starting with ECM’s Jacob Bresser scoring on a breakaway.
Hinaus gave Superior a 4-2 lead when his shot from the left circle went over Schreiter’s shoulder.
The Old Abes got within 4-3 when Bresser hit the post and Ponty put the rebound into an empty goal.
The Spartans seemed to take a 5-3 lead with 9:04 remaining when Hinaus put home the rebound after a shot by Braden LaPorte, but the goal was called off because of coincidental penalties.
Grasskamp’s first goal came during a scramble in front of Paine and on his second goal he beat Paine high from the left circle.
The Spartans went on a power play with 1:05 remaining, and then pulled their goalie for a 6-on-4 advantage, but Tye McLaughlin was able to get the puck behind the Spartan defense to Bresser, who tapped the puck into the empty net.
The Spartans then host Duluth Marshall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Eau Claire Memorial...... 1-2-3—6
First Period: 1. ECM, Bret Schwengler (Austin Bunce, Jake Jochimsen), 7:36. 2. SHS, Aaron Miller 15 (Anthony Bronson 12, Tyler Nystrom 11), 7:36.
Second Period: 3. SHS, Miller 16 (Nystrom 12, Daniel Burger 3), 2:41 (pp). 4. SHS, Burger 1 (Daniel Mikel 8), 4:45. 5. ECM, Jacob Bresser (Austin Phippen), 7:58. 6. SHS, Matthew Hinaus 1 (Bryan Bergstrom 3), 12:24. 7. ECM, Rafel Ponty (Bresser, Tye McLaughlin), 13:32.
Third Period: 8. ECM, Charley Grasskamp (Dylan Ross, Bresser), 12:14 (pp). 9. ECM, Grasskamp (Schwengler,, Chuck Bennis), 15:39 (pp). 10. ECM, Bresser (McLaughlin, Bennis), 16:37. (SH – EN).
Saves: Nick Schreiter, ECM 9-14-11—34. Paxton Paine, SHS, 6-8-7—21.
Spartans 5, Rails 2
The Spartans got off to a great start Friday night by taking a 4-0 lead in the opening nine minutes of the game.
Proctor salvaged the first period with Christian Ripley’s power-play goal with 1:01 remaining, then made it a 4-2 game with an unassisted goal by Ripley in the second period.
It remained a two-goal game until Miller’s power-play goal with 21.1 seconds remaining.
Miller also scored in the first period for Superior, along with Jesse Polson, Tyler Nystrom and Beau Reder. Anthony Bronson also helped out with three assists.
Paine had 17 saves for Superior and Tanner Haedrich had 31 for Proctor.
First Period: 1. SHS, Jesse Polson 2, 1:38. 2. SHS, Aaron Miller 13 (Anthony Bronson 8), 4:23. 3. SHS, Tyler Nystrom 11 (Miller 16, Daniel Mikel 7), 5:14 (pp). 4. SHS, Beau Reder 5 (Bronson 9, Grant Hanson 7), 9:31 (pp). 5. Proctor, Christian Ripley 9 (Cade Hella), 15:59. (pp).
Second Period: 6. Proctor, Ripley 10, 6:34.
Third Period: SHS, Miller 14 (Nystrom 10, Bronson 10), 19:39 (pp).
Saves; Tanner Haedrich, Proctor 12-11-8—31. Paxton Paine, SHS, 5-9-3—17.