UWS ROUND-UP: Yellowjacket men get into win column
The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey got into the win column for the first time this season with a 3-2 victory over the St. Olaf Oles Saturday night in Northfield, Minn.
The Yellowjackets (1-4) scored a goal in each period in their win over the Oles, who scored first on Roshen Jaswal’s power-play goal with 2:59 remaining in the first period.
UWS got that goal back 47 seconds later when former Superior Spartan Daniel Litchke scored on a power play with assists from Bruno Birzitis and Andrew Durham.
Liam Blais scored the only goal of the second period and the Yellowjackets took a 3-1 lead 8:20 into the third period when Ian Ecklund scored with assists from Birzitis and Litchke.
St. Olaf’s Charlie Widmar completed the scoring with 48 seconds remaining in the game.
Cole Skinner picked up the win with 32 saves. Jude Hull, whose father is Brett Hull, had 37 saves for the Oles.
UWS began the weekend with a 3-1 loss to Gustavus Adolphus Friday night in St. Peter, Minn.
Jake McCann, Caleb Anderson and Colin Hernon staked the Gusties (2-2-1) to a 3-0 lead after two period.
Ian Ecklund scored for the Yellowjackets and Skinner stopped 21 shots.
Robbie Goor made 26 saves for the Gusties.
UWS hosts Northland College (1-4-1) Friday and Finlandia (0-3-1) Saturday. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m.
Northland’s lone win was 5-2 over Lake Forest. UWS opened its season with a 4-2 loss to the Foresters.
UW-Superior................... 0 0 1 — 1
Gustavus Adolphus......... 1 2 0 — 3
First Period — GA, Jake McCann (Van Sullivan, Jake Bushey), 18:23.
Second Period — GA, Caleb Anderson, 1:07 (pp). 3. GA, Colin Hernon (Anderson, Evan Erickson), 15:02.
Third Period — 4. UWS, Ian Ecklund (Colton Nelson), 19:43.
Saves — Cole Skinner, UWS, 12-6-6—24. Robbie Goor, GA, 8-9-9—26. A—236.
UW-Superior................... 1 1 1 — 3
St. Olaf........................... 1 0 1 — 2
First Period — 1. St. Olaf, Roshen Jaswal (Tuuka Totro, Charlie Widmar), 17:01 (pp). 2. Daniel Litchke (Bruno Birzitis, Andrew Durham), 18:46 (pp).
Second Period — 3. UWS, Liam Blais (Durham, Evgeny Yakovlev), 17:09.
Third Period — 4. UWS, Ian Ecklund (Birzitis, Litchke), 8:20. 5. St. Olaf, Widmar (Jaswal, Totro), 19:12.
Saves — Cole Skinner, UWS, 6-17-932. Jude Hull, SO, 13-19-5—37. A—427.
UWS seniors Bailey Henderson and Britt Zieroth were named to the UMAC all-conference second team after leading the Yellowjacket soccer team to four wins in 2017.
Henderson, a senior from Oakdale, Minn., had two shutouts, made 106 saves with a 75.2 save percentage and a 2.20 gaa, which was fifth best in the UMAC.
Zieroth, a junior forward from Twig, tied for most goals by a ’Jacket, accumulating four, including three in her final four games. She also assisted on three goals to finish second on the team with 11 points.
Freshman forward Emma Street (Oak Grove, Minn.) was named honorable mention after tying for first in goals and leading the Yellowjackets in points this season with four and 12. Out of her 26 shots on the season, 14 were on goal.
Hailey Kontny, a senior from Superior, made the UMAC all-sportsmanship team.
Emily VerWay, Mackenzie Dahlin and Anna Ribich were named to UMAC all-conference volleyball team.
Junior captain VerWay (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) was named first-team after averaging 7.64 assists/sets, which was best among UWS setters and third in the UMAC with 795 total. VerWay also second on the team in digs/set, averaging 2.71 for 282 total, and was tied for first in services aces with 35.
Dahlin and Ribich were selected to the second team.
Dahlin, a senior libero from Kaukauna, Wis. led the team in digs with 4.05, while also being the only Yellowjacket to play in all 110 sets this season. She also tied VerWay with 35 service aces.
Ribich, a sophomore outside hitter from Biwabik, Minn., averaged 2.05 kills/set for 215 on the season. She also had 28 blocks, 23 of which were assisted on.
Senior defensive specialist Katie Boone received the team’s UMAC Sportsmanship Award.
UWS was 18-13 overall and 11-5 in the UMAC, their best since joining the UMAC in 2015.
NOTES: Bethany Best, a senior outside hitter from Cable (Drummond High School), was named to the second team for Northland College.