UWS hockey team has rough weekend
A former Badger and the son of a former Bulldog helped spoil the weekend for the University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team.
The weekend began with the Yellowjackets losing to St. Olaf 6-0 Friday night at Wessman Arena.
It was a night of firsts for the Oles as they won their first game of the season; Mike Eaves won his first game as head coach; and Jude Hull notched his first collegiate shutout.
“I thought our goalie played well, he stayed calm and did a nice job of keeping the puck out,” said Eaves, a former head coach and player with the Wisconsin Badgers. “I’m happy for the boys. We hadn’t won yet and we lost a lead the other night, so this is a nice reward for them.”
Hull, a junior from Stillwater, Minn., finished with 38 saves.
“It feels really good,” said Hull, whose father is former UMD Bulldog Brett Hull, “It’s my first shutout, but the first win for the team is better.”
The Yellowjackets’ weekend ended Saturday night with a 5-1 loss to the Hamline Pipers.
“This is absolutely unacceptable,” UWS coach Rich McKenna said. “To lose 6-0 on home ice is not what this program is about. For us to not find a way to chip away at their lead is unacceptable.”
UWS used two goaltenders Friday night. Ethan Wood started and allowed three goals on six shots before being replaced by Bryce Fink midway through the first period. Fink finished with 15 saves.
“Their goalie (Hull) played fantastic, and they came here to win a game and they found a way to do it,” McKenna said. “Their goalie came up big and outplayed our two goalies, but we gave up chances and they capitalized.
“We also made sure their goalie had a chest protector on because we hit him square in the numbers every time.”
The Oles powered their way to a 3-0 first-period lead.
Will Dittrich started the scoring with a back-hander in front of the crease 3:30 into the game.
UWS had a golden opportunity to get that goal back with back-to-back penalties on St. Olaf.
The ’Jackets failed to score on the first power play and midway through the second penalty UWS was whistled for a pair of penalties.
St. Olaf cashed in on a 5-on-3 advantage when Tukka Totro fed a pass from the top of the left circle to Steven Sherman, who beat Wood with a one-timer from the right side at 11:20.
Twenty-five seconds later it went to 3-0 on Patrick Sivets’ power-play goal with an assist from Sherman.
That led to McKenna replacing Wood with Fink.
“The power play was key early, it helped get us the lead,” Eaves said.
The Yellowjackets started the second period with five shots on goal in the opening minute.
UWS freshman Jerry Miettenun then hit the right post with 18:47 on the clock, but with 18:41 showing it went to 4-0 in favor of the Oles when Kyle Rimbach put the finishing touches on a 2-on-1 breakaway with Sawyer Jacobson.
Two minutes later it was 5-0 on Sherman’s second goal of the night, which led to UWS calling its timeout.
JT Paine finished the scoring for St. Olaf at 10:09 of the third period.
Eaves took over at St. Olaf this season after compiling a record of 267-225-76 at Wisconsin between 2002-16. Eaves also played for the Badgers from 1974-78, recording 94 goals and 173 assists.
“Things are going awesome,” Hull said. “Everyone’s buying into the system and it’s going really well. Record-wise it isn’t all that well, but we’re improving so much more than we have in the last two years I’ve been here, so it’s been an awesome transition.”
St. Olaf fell to 1-5 on the season with Saturday’s 5-4 overtime loss to UW-Stout.
Hamline 5, UWS 1
The weekend ended for UWS with a 5-1 loss to the Pipers Saturday night before a Wessman Arena crowd of 637.
After a scoreless first period, Hamline dominated the second period, outshooting UWS 15-7 and taking a 2-0 lead on goals by Brandon Wahlin and Russ Jordan.
UWS cut the lead in half when former Superior Spartan Daniel Litchke stole a puck out of the corner behind the Hamline net, skated in alone and scored shorthanded. His fourth goal of the year came 9:27 into the third period.
Hamline finished the scoring with goals from Tyler Gonzales, Jake O’Borsky and Dan Bartkowiak (shorthanded).
Justin Quale stopped 29 shots for Hamline (4-0-2) and Fink had 34 saves for UWS.
“We have to find a way to bounce back,” McKenna said. “To lose on our home ice like that is unacceptable.”
UWS (3-3) is at St. Norbert Friday and Marian Saturday.
UWS is 21-36-12 all-time vs. St. Norbert and 3-3-1 vs. Marian.
’JACKET JOTTINGS: UWS was 0-for-9 on the power play on the weekend, including 0-for-6 Saturday. Hamline was 1-for-6. … Hamline’s six-game unbeaten streak is the longest for a Piper team since a team record 11-game run in the 2010-11 season. … UWS is 11-9-2 all-time vs. Hamline and 9-6-1 vs. St. Olaf.
St. Olaf......................... 3 2 1 — 6
UW-Superior.................. 0 0 0 — 0
First Period – 1. St. Olaf, Will Dittrich (Tuukka Totro, Colin Gallagher), 3:30. 2. St. Olaf, Steven Sherman (Tobias Gabrielson), 11:20 (5-on-3). 3. St. Olaf, Patrick Sivets (Sherman, JT Paine), 11:45 (pp).
Second Period – 4. UWS, Kyle Rimbach (Sawyer Jacobson), 1:19. 5. St. Olaf, Sherman (Sivets, JT Paine), 3:36.
Third Period – 6. St. Olaf, Paine (Sivets), 10:09.
Saves – Jude Hull, St. Olaf, 11-17-10—38. Ethan Wood, UWS, 3-x-x—3. Bruce Fink, UWS, 2-9-4—18. Att. — 637.
Hamline........................ 0 2 3 — 5
UW-Superior.................. 0 0 1 — 1
Second Period — 1. H, Brandon Wahlin (Cody Bentzel), 6:47. 2. H, Russ Jordan (Jesse Kessler, Jake O’Borsky), 12:17 (pp).
Third Perior — 3. UWS, Daniel Litchke, 9:27 (sh). 4. H, O’Borsky (Cahd Hennum, Kerry McGlynn), 10;59; 5. H, Tyler Gonzales (Brandon, Dan Bartkowiak), 13:29. 6. H, Bartkowiak (Russ Jordan), 18:24 (sh).
Saves — Justin Quale, H, 12-7-10—29. Bryce Fink, UWS, 15-13-6—34. Att. — 637.