Tough weekend for the Yellowjackets
It was a tough weekend for the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets as the men’s hockey team was swept at UW-Eau Claire; the women’s hockey team lost at UW-River Falls; and the men’s and women’s basketball teams fell to UW-Whitewater.
With a weekend sweep of UWS and a little help from its neighbors, the UW-Eau Claire men’s hockey team found itself all alone atop the WIAC standings Saturday night.
The Blugolds (16-4-1, 5-2-1) threw 55 shots on net in a 6-2 win over the Yellowjackets (7-13-3, 2-6-2) at Hobbs Ice Center to complete the series sweep. UWEC also won Friday’s game 3-0.
Niko Kapetanovic, Chris Heineman, Ross Anderson, Joe Krause, Brian Nehring and Adam Knochenmus all scored a goal, and Tyler Green stopped 42 shots for UWEC (16-4-1, 5-2-1), which now sits a point ahead of No. 11 UW-River Falls, which was idle, and two points ahead of UW-Stevens Point.
The No. 3 Pointers were upset by UW-Stout for the second time this season, falling 4-2 on Saturday at the Dunn County Ice Arena.
Andy Singerhouse and Pat Dalbec each scored a goal, while goalie Drew Strandberg made 55 saves for the Yellowjackets (7-13-3 overall, 2-6-2 WIAC).
Trailing by a goal after the first period, Kapetanovic got on the board less than two minutes into the second on the power play. Heineman scored an even-strength goal and Andersen capitalized on a power play less than a minute later to make it 3-1 after two.
After the Yellowjackets pulled within a goal, Krause, Nehring and Knochenmus all scored during a five-minute stretch in the third period to put the game away.
On Friday night goalie Dayn Belfour’s 40 saves were the lone bright spot for UWS
Jon Waggoner, Jack Callahan and Patrick Moore all scored one goal, and Green stopped 29 shots to preserve the shutout for the Blugolds.
The ’Jackets have this weekend off, then wrap up the regular season playing at UW-Stout on Feb. 21 and hosting UW-Stevens Point on Feb. 22.
UWS led early, 2-1, but ended up on the short end of a 3-2 final score with the No. 5 UW-River Falls Falcons in a WIAC showdown between top-10 teams Saturday in River Falls.
Kerry Mayhew and Lynne Larson scored first-period goals for the seventh-ranked Yellowjackets (14-4-4 overall, 4-4-2 WIAC), but the Falcons (15-4-3, 6-2-2) responded with a pair of goals — from Sam Greeley and Kendal Evenson — to beat UWS for the second time in a week.
The Yellowjackets had won seven consecutive games before losing 4-1 to River Falls last weekend.
The Falcons maintained their grip on first place in the WIAC.
UWS host UW-Stevens Point at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.
Despite 23 points from Sally Linzmeier, visiting Wisconsin-Superior dropped its third straight game Saturday, 86-73, to WIAC counterpart UW-Whitewater Saturday at Kachel Gym in Whitewater.
Linzmeier added nine rebounds and three blocks for the Yellowjackets (12-9 overall, 5-7 WIAC), who preceded their three-game skid with a three-game winning streak.
Amy Mandrell led all scorers with 25 points as the WIAC-leading Warhawks improved to 19-3 (13-0).
The Yellowjackets host UW-Stout at 7 p.m. Wednesday and UW-La Crosse at 3 p.m. Saturday.
UW-Whitewater made 10 3-pointers, including nine in a blistering first half, in a 77-44 win over Wisconsin-Superior in a WIAC game Saturday afternoon at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.
Eric Bryson shot 5 of 6 from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 18 points for the Warhawks (19-3 overall, 10-3 WIAC), who made nine of their 11 long-range attempts in the first half while building a 45-19 lead at the break.
All five of Bryson’s 3-pointers came in the opening minutes as the Warhawks opened the game by taking a 17-1 lead.
Jarrod Peterson and Brian Lindblom had 11 points apiece for the Yellowjackets (6-15, 3-9).
UWS plays at UW-Stout at 7 p.m. Wednesday and host UW-La Crosse at 5 p.m. Saturday.