The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team opened its season with a nonconference sweep over the weekend at Wessman Arena.
The Yellowjackets opened with a 7-0 win over St. Mary's on Friday, Nov. 8, then powered past St. Olaf 3-2 on Saturday, Nov. 9.
After a scoreless first period Friday, UWS got goals from seven players: Ty Proffitt, Andrew Durham, Chad Lopez, Artur Terchiyev, Will Blake, Coltyn Bates and Troy MacTavish.
Oscar Svensson pitched the shutout with 20 saves for UWS, while Nick Nast and Al Rogers combined on 31 saves for St. Mary's.
UWS then scored three power-play goals in its win over St. Olaf.
Durham scored the first two goals for the Yellowjackets and Pavel Mikhasenok, who assisted on Durham’s first goal, gave UWS a 3-1 lead at 8:21 of the third period.
St. Olaf made it a 3-2 game on Roshen Jawwal’s goal with 27 seconds remaining.
Svennson was also the winner Saturday with 19 saves. Noah Parker stopped 36 shots for St. Olaf.
UWS, 2-0 for the first time since 2016-17, hosts UW-Eau Claire on Nov. 22 and UW-Stevens Point on Nov. 23.
Second Period — 1. Ty Proffitt (Liam Blais, Levi Cudmore), 4:11. 2. Andrew Durham (Lawson McDonald, Artur Terchiyev), 8:34. 3. Chad Lopez (Dylan Johnson, Jordan Martin), 14:32.
Third Period — 4. Terchiyev (J. Martin, Lopez), 0:40. 5. Will Blake (Coltyn Bates, Sam Sterne), 2:03. 6. Bates (Bruno Birzitis, Pavel Mikhasenok), 3:08. 7. Troy Mactavis (Lopez, Terchiyev), 19:33 (pp).
Saves — Nick Nast, SMU, 9-12-1—22. Al Rogers, SMU, 0-0-9—9. Oscar Svensson, UWS, 8-12-2—20.
First Period — 1. UWS, Andrew Durham (Jordan Martin, Pavel Mikhasenok), 11:48 (pp). 2. St. Olaf, Will Dittrich (Kyle Rimback), 19:15. (sh).
Second Period — 3. UWS, Durham (Charles Martin), 12:32 (pp).
Third Period — 4. UWS, Mikhasenok (J. Martin, Durham), 8:21 (pp). 5. St. Olaf, Roshen Jawwal (Rimback, Andrew Willner), 19:33.
Saves — Noah Parker, St. Olaf, 14-14-8—36. Oscar Svensson, UWS, 5-10-4—19.
Nebraska Wesleyan ran away with the 10th annual Merrill Thompson Classic title with an 87-51 win over UWS Saturday, Nov. 9, at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.
The eighth-ranked Prairie Wolves, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament last season, shot nearly 55% from the field and placed three players in double figures to improve 2-0.
Nate Schimonitz scored 32 points in 32 minutes on 14-for-18 shooting to pace Nebraska Wesleyan, which defeated St. John’s 78-56 on Friday, Nov. 8. He also had seven boards, six assists and two steals.
The Yellowjackets were led by Mac Reykdal and Vid Milenkovich with 15 points each. Milenkovich also had 12 rebounds.
UWS advanced to the championship game with a 60-55 win over Marian on Friday.
Milenkovic led UWS with 18 points and nine rebounds. Reykdal added 16 points and Allen Anderson had 14 points and three assists.
Marian (0-1) got 14 points from Justin Wilson and 13 apiece from Logan Hamilton and DeAndre Ross.
The game was tied 27-27 at the half.
UWS hosts Concordia-Moorhead at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.
UWS scored twice in the final 20 seconds of the third period to pull into a 2-2 tie with the Hamline Pipers on Friday, Nov. 8, at TRIA Rink in St. Paul.
The Yellowjackets and Pipers then skated through a scoreless five-minute overtime session in nonconference action.
Taylor Stefan gave Hamline a 2-0 lead with 50 seconds remaining.
Kaleigh Martinson cut the lead in half for Superior 30 seconds later, and Jenna Curtis tied it up with 5 seconds remaining.
The Yellowjackets (2-0-1) got 29 saves from Catherine Johnson and two from Maddy Gamst.
Jaela O'Brien stopped 24 shots for Hamline (0-1-1).
Molly Garin scored Hamline's first goal just 30 seconds into the game.
UWS hosts UW-Eau Claire at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.