EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Fourth-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire was sparked with six second-period goals and went on to beat Concordia (Wis.) 12-4 at Hobbs Ice Center on Sunday.
The first period saw three goals, two for Eau Claire and one for Concordia and just one penalty against the Falcons. Kurt Weston scored the first goal at 9:21.
Concordia held the Blugolds in check for almost 12 minutes of the second half, but the Blugolds scored six unanswered goals in a six-minute span to take an 8-1 lead. The Falcons added one more goal at the end of the period to make the score 8-2 at the second intermission.
Jack Callahan got the Blugolds going in the second period with his first goal of the season. Two goals later, Devin Mantha found the back of the net for his second goal of the season, which eventually proved to be the game-winner.
The second period also saw some quick goals for Eau Claire with one coming from Ross Andersen at 16:35 followed by one from Jordan Singer at 16:40. In NCAA Division III history, the five-second span ranks second all-time for fastest consecutive goals by the same team (UW-Stout holds the record for a two-second set in 1976). Andrew McCabe scored another at 17:20 to end the Blugolds’ second-period scoring streak.
In the third period, Concordia scored the first goal, but Eau Claire answered with two of its own. The Falcons scored once again midway through the final period, but the Blugolds answered with an additional two goals and eventually went on to win 12-4, tying for the seventh most goals scored in school history and the most since 1990.
Weston, McCabe, Andersen and Singer each finished with two goals apiece for Eau Claire while Singer, McCabe, Andersen, Drew Darwitz and Mark Pustin each recorded three assists.
Brandon Stephenson played 40 minutes in-goal for Eau Claire and earned the win with 25 saves. Tyler Green played the final period and made 13 saves while allowing two goals.
Concordia outshot Eau Claire 42-38. The game saw just five penalties, three on Concordia and two on Eau Claire.
The Blugolds are now 8-0-1 on the season while the Falcons drop to 4-4. This is the first time in school history the Blugolds have remained unbeaten through their first nine games.