The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team improved to 5-1 with a weekend sweep of the Chatham Cougars Nov. 29-30 at Frozen Pond Arena in Valencia, Pa.

The Yellowjackets blew open a close game with four third-period goals in a 5-1 win Friday, Nov. 29, then completed the sweep with a 3-1 win Saturday, Nov. 30.

With the wins, the Yellowjackets improve to 5-1 for the first time since 2012-13.

Friday’s game was tied 1-1 after one period thanks to goals by Superior’s Liam Blais, off a Chatham defenseman, and Chatham’s Noah Midalsy, on a rebound.

After a scoreless second period, Jon Pace’s first collegiate goal proved to be the game-winner on a power play 46 seconds into the third period.

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Troy York scored back-to-back and Coltyn Bates sealed the victory with an empty-netter with 1:15 remaining.

Myles Hektor finished with 21 saves for UWS (4-1), while Richardo Gonzales stopped 46 shots for Chatham (1-8).

Bruno Birzitis and Andrew Durham scored first-period goals for UWS on Saturday.

Niko Moulakelis cut Superior’s lead in half 8:07 into the second period, but the Yellowjackets regained a two-goal edge with Levi Cudmore’s goal at 14:26.

Oscar Svensson had 29 saves in the win in goal for UWS. Gonzalez had 33 saves for the Chatham.

UWS returns to WIAC action with games at UW-River Falls on Friday, Dec. 6, and at UW-Stout on Saturday, Dec. 7. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m.

Friday’s Game



First period 1. UWS, Liam Blais 1, 2:40. 2. CU, Noah Midalsy 1 (Cory King, Kenneth Gill), 12:19.
Second period No scoring.
Third period 3. UWS, Jon Pace 1 (Jordan Martin, Charles Martin), 0:46 (pp). 4. UWS, Troy York 2 (Austin Freisen, Chad Lopez), 2:18. 5. UWS, York 3 (Andrew Durham, J. Martin, 8:01. 6. UWS, Coltyn Bates 2 (Bruno Birzitis), 18:45 (en).
Saves Myles Hektor, UWS, 10-7-421. Ricardo Gonzales, CU, 13-23-1046.

Saturday's Game



First Period — 1. UWS, Bruno Birzitis (Coltyn Bates, Connor Hamonic), 5:51. 2. UWS, Andrew Durham (Jordan Martin, Conor MacLean), 18:30.
Second Period — 3. CU, Niko Moulakelis (Tritan Simm), 8:07. 4. UWS, Levi Cudmore (Birzitis), 14:26.
Saves — Oscar Svensson, UWS, 8-11-10—29. Ricardo Gonzalez, CU, 11-10-12—33.