SUPERIOR, Wis. — No. 4 Wisconsin-River Falls earned a 2-1 victory against Wisconsin-Superior in a weekend sweep to remain undefeated on the season.
The Falcons entered the matchup with a collective record of 7-0-2 behind sophomore goaltender Scott Lewan. Friday night, Lewan helped lead the Falcons to a 4-1 victory against Superior. Starting in net and representing the Yellowjackets was Drew Strandberg.
The game started off with intensity as both teams played finesse hockey and battled for possession of the puck.
The first period consisted of very few stoppages, as there were no penalties committed by either squad. The game developed into a defensive showdown as both teams would deny each other on every scoring opportunity.
In the second period, both teams were cited for unsportsmanlike conduct when Alec Hagaman and Kyle Leahy were involved in a brief confrontation.
Shortly following the penalties, Adam Cardwell lit up the scoreboard for the first time of the evening. Cardwell’s goal came at 9:14, and he was assisted by Jeff Burke and Justin Brossman.
The goal was the freshman Cardwell’s fourth of the season. Cardwell has displayed that he will make an immediate impact as a dominant presence on the ice despite being a newcomer.
The Falcons struck again to extend their lead by another goal at 14:31 in the second. The goal came during 6 on 6 play, and on the stick of Jon Schreiner. Schreiner has recorded several assists this season, but tallied his first goal of the season against the Yellowjackets. Assisting Schreiner was George Malliaras and the Falcon captain, Jason Yuel.
Schreiner’s score would be the last Falcon goal of the evening, as UWRF relied heavily on its defense for the remainder of the game.
UW-Superior gave the Falcons a scare, narrowing the lead with a goal in the third period. Putting the Yellowjackets on the scoreboard was Jeff Forsythe at 8:10 with his first score of the season. Forsythe received a pass from Joey Massingham before sinking the shot on goal, which came shorthanded. Despite Ryan Hill sitting in the penalty box for Superior, the Falcon defense came up short.
UWRF would not let up again for the remainder of the game however, as Lewan and his defense held strong.