Jan. 24, 2009

Courtesy of St. Scholastica

DULUTH, Minn. – The second-ranked St. Scholastica hockey team saw its 10-game win streak come to an end, but extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games as it tied seventh-ranked University of Wisconsin-Stout tonight 2-2 at Mars Lakeview Arena.

The ties gives the Saints an overall record of 14-3-2 and a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) record of 5-2-1. The Blue Devils are now 13-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 in conference action. With Wisconsin-Superior and St. Norbert both winning tonight, the Saints and Blue Devils are now in a tie for third place in the league, three points behind leader Superior. This was the first tie in the series history between the two schools.

For the first time in eight games, the Saints did not score first as Stout’s David Larson scored an even-handed goal with 9:05 left in the opening period. The Saints responded two minutes later when AJ Tucker (Sr.-Fort Frances, Ont.) put in a rebound off a shot by Jeremy Dawes (Fr.-Winnipeg, Man.) to tie the score at 1-1. CSS then took the lead with 1:49 left in the period when Jordan Baird (Jr.-Port McNeill, B.C.) re-directed a shot by Daman Milsom (Fr.-Kelowna, B.C.) to make it 2-1. Neil Sauter (Jr.-Superior, Wis.) also assisted on the goal.

The Blue Devils tied the contest back up at 2-2 in the second period when Joel Gaulrapp put the puck in the net nine minutes into the period. That would be the score at the second intermission.

CSS controlled the third period and appeared to take the lead with a Carter Davis (Fr.-Moose Jaw, Sask.) goal halfway through the period, but the goal was waved off due to a man in the crease. The Saints out-shot Stout 11-4 in the period, but the Blue Devils held on and forced overtime.

In overtime, it was all Blue Devils, controlling the puck in the Saints zone most of the period. St. Scholastica goaltender Steve Bounds (Sr.-Airdrie, Alta.) made critical saves for the Saints as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Bounds finished with 31 saves on the night and has a record of 12-3-2 this season. Matt Koenig had 37 saves for the Blue Devils. Both teams combined to go 0-for-5 on the power-play.

The Saints will be at home again tomorrow night when they try to redeem one of their losses from earlier this season when they face the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. at Mars Lakeview Arena.