The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team wrapped up the regular season with a 2-1 win over UW-Eau Claire Friday, Feb. 8, at Wessman Arena.
The victory over the Blugolds was the first for the Yellowjackets since Nov. 20, 2010 in Eau Claire. During that stretch the Blugolds dominated the series 0-17-2.
After two scoreless periods, Superior took a 1-0 lead when Chad Lopez put home a rebound during a 5-on-3 power play at 6:08 of the third period.
It went 2-0 just over a minute later when Troy York scored his 13th goal on a rebound with assists from former Superior Spartan Daniel Litchke and Will Blake.
UWEC cut the lead in half on Jon Richards' power-play goal with 1:29 remaining.
Oscar Svensson finished with 35 for UWS (9-13-3 overall, 3-3-2 WIAC).
Zach Dyment stopped 25 shots for Eau Claire (18-4-2, 4-2-1).
UWS and UWEC will meet again in the semifinals of the WIAA playoffs Feb. 22-23 in Eau Claire.
UWS wrapped up third place in the WIAC with a 3-1 victory at UW-River Falls Thursday, Feb. 8.
The third place finish was the best for UWS since tying for first place during the 2010-11 season.
UWS defeated the Falcons on the strength of goals from three players from Texas - Lopez (Arlington) York (Plano) and Andrew Durham (Richardson).
Lopez gave UWS a 1-0 lead midway through the first period only for the Falcons to equalize on Charlie Singerhouse's short-handed goal with two seconds left in the period.
York and Dunham tallied 71 seconds apart in the second and Svensson preserved the win with 16 saves in the final period.
Svennson (Sodertalje, Sweden) stopped 36 shots for UWS, while Joe Marcouiller had 19 saves for the Falcons (10-9-4, 1-4-2).
UW-Eau Claire 0-0-1-1
First Period -No scoring
Second Period -No scoring.
Third Period -1. UWS, Chad Lopez (Bruno Birzitis, Artur Terchiyev), 6:08 (5-on-3). 2. UWS, Troy York (Daniel Litchke, Will Blake), 7:25. 3. UWEC, Jon Richards (Luoas Kohls), 18:31 (pp).
Saves -Zach Dyment, UWEC, 25. Oscar Svensson, UWS, 35.
UW-River Falls 1-0-0-1
First Period -- 1. UWS, Chad Lopez (Troy York, Daniel Litchke), 10:44. 2. UWRF, Charlie Singerhouse, 19:58 (sh).
Second Period -- 3. UWS, York (Lopez, Bruno Birzitis), 6:33. 4. UWS, Andrew Durham (Colton Nelson), 7:44.
Third Period -- No scoring.
Saves -- Oscar Svensson, UWS, 10-10-16--36. Joe Marcouiller, UWRF, 6-7-6--19. A--322.