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Falcons skate past UWS

Eddie Matsushima had a hat trick and Aussie Miller had three assists to lead UW-River Falls to a 4-1 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team Thursday night at Wessman Arena.

The Falcons also got 24 stops from Zach Quinn to improve to 7-15-2 overall and 1-6 in the WIAC.

Ian Ecklund gave UWS a 1-0 lead 4:55 into the game.

Bruno Birzitis and Daniel Litchke assisted on Ecklund’s 15th goal and Cole Skinner finished with 23 saves.

UWS (9-13-2, 2-4-1) wraps up the regular season tonight (Friday) at UW-Eau Claire.

The WIAC playoffs begin Friday, Feb. 16.

UW-River Falls 0 3 1 -- 4

UW-Superior 1 0 0 -- 1

First Period -- 1. UWS, Ian Ecklund 15 (Bruno Birzitis 11, Daniel Litchke 15), 4:55.

Second Period -- 2. UWRF, Eddie Matsushima 12 (Aussie Miller 3, Thomas Clayton 6), 5:48.. 3. UWRF, Matsushima 13 (Miller 4, Jordan Wright 7), 8:32. 4. UWRF, Clayton 6 (Mitchell Vanderburg 7) 13:10.

Third Period -- 5. UWRF, Matsushima 14 (Miller 8), 0:48.

Saves -- Zach Quinn, UWRF, 9-4-11--24. Cole Skinner, UWS, 8-7-8--23. A--374.