Jan. 16, 2009

ASHLAND, Wis. – The fourth-ranked St. Scholastica hockey team went to Northland College and defeated the LumberJacks tonight by a score of 6-1 at Bay Area Civic Center for its ninth straight victory.

The Saints are now 13-3-1 overall, while the LumberJacks fall to 1-14. The Saints have won all nine meetings against Northland.

It was closer than predicted early as the Saints scored the lone goal of the first period when Aaron Spotts (Jr.-Spokane, Wash.) netted an even-handed goal with 5:50 left in the period. Northland College then came right out at the start of the second period and scored 17 seconds into the period on an unassisted goal to tie the score at 1-1.

CSS regained the lead four minutes later when Jeff Gagnon (Jr.-Quesnel, B.C.) scored to make it 2-1. Austin Brown (Fr.-Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Aaron Spotts had the assists. With 2:38 left in the second period, AJ Tucker (Sr.-Fort Frances, Ont.) extended the St. Scholastica lead to 3-1. Joey Martini (Sr.-Calgary, Alta.) and Jeremy Dawes (Fr.-Winnipeg, Man.) assisted on the goal. The Saints had a 54-5 shooting advantage at the point.

In the third period, newcomer Riley Riddell (Fr.-Wawota, Sask.) scored his first goal as a Saint in his first action to make it 4-1. Kelly Reynolds (Sr.-Parksville, B.C.) had the assist. Jeremy Dawes scored with 13 minutes to go in the period and Matt Stengl (Sr.-East Grand Forks, Minn.) added the last goal of the night with less than three minutes to play as the Saints won again by a score of 6-1.

The Saints out-shot Northland 74-12, which nearly set a record. The most shots in a game by a CSS team were 75 against Wisconsin-Stout in 1975. Northland goaltender Daniel McIntosh did set a record for the most saves by a CSS opponent with 68. The previous record was 61, also in the Stout game. Steve Bounds (Sr.-Airdrie, Alta.) had 11 saves to improve to 11-3-1 this season.

Next up for the Saints will be the showdown with the second-ranked University of Wisconsin-Superior. This will be the first time both teams will square-off when they are both ranked in the top five nationally. With top-ranked Plattsburgh State losing tonight to Skidmore 5-3, Saturday’s contest may very well decide who will be the No. 1 team in the nation in the next poll. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Saturday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. The action can be heard on ESPN Radio 560-WEBC.