ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- St. John's (Minn.) sophomore defenseman Joe Freemark's first collegiate goal 4:43 into the third period proved to be the difference in a 3-2 win against No. 9 Saint Scholastica on Friday at the Municipal Athletic Complex.
Freemark ripped a slap shot from the point, through traffic, where it found the top right corner of the net. Senior Josh Gross and junior John Haeg tallied their second assists of the night on the scoring play.
Derek Sutliffe gave St. Scholastica (8-2-2, 6-0-2 NCHA) a 1-0 lead 4:24 into the game. Junior Phil Johnson tied it for SJU (6-6, 3-3 MIAC) with his third goal of the season at the 11:11 mark of the first. Sophomore Dan McNamara fed the puck to senior Jason Johnson, who found Phil Johnson for the one-timer in front.
Junior Dave Mylrea gave the Johnnies a brief 2-1 lead with a power-play goal, his second tally of the year and fifth of his career, 5:59 into the second period.
The Saints' Derek Hills, however, matched Mylrea's slap shot to tie the game 25 seconds later.
Junior Jobe Peterson, the shortest player on the SJU roster at 5-foot-8, was called for a five-minute major penalty for kneeing with 2:26 left in the second frame. CSS, however, registered only two shots on goal during the five-minute man advantage. St. Scholastica entered the game with one of Division III's best power-play units at 29.7 percent (11-for-37), but went 0-for-4 on the night.
Sophomore Saxton Soley made 24 saves to improve to 5-4 on the season and earn his 20th career win (20-9-1 record).
No. 3 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 9, Lawrence 2
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- The nation's top offense reignited as Wisconsin-Stevens Point got goals from eight different players in a 9-2 non-conference win against visiting Lawrence on Friday night at K.B. Willett Arena.
The Pointers (10-1) entered the game averaging 5.60 goals a game through 10 games but had been held to eight goals in their past three contests. However, UWSP lit the lamp nine times against the Vikings (4-7-1), who recently defeated No. 4 St. Norbert.
Scott Henegar led the offensive outburst for UW-Stevens Point with a pair of goals, while Nick D'Avolio tallied a goal and two assists. Garrett Ladd, Trace Strahle, Joe Kalisz and Kyle Heck each added a goal and an assist and Alex Brooks recorded two assists.
In total, 15 players had at least one point for the Pointers, who bounced back from their first loss of the season. Spencer Viele picked up his second win in two starts this season by making 11 saves. Three goalies saw action for the Vikings. Anton Olsson made 20 saves, Mattias Soderqvist kept out 17 before Peter Emery closed out the final five-plus minutes.
No. 10 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 6, Milwaukee Engineering 1
MILWAUKEE -- Coming off three consecutive games without a win, Wisconsin-Eau Claire was looking to get back on track in the final two games before the holiday break. Playing against a Milwaukee Engineering team with just one win on the season, the Blugolds took care of business with a 6-1 win on the road.
After a scoreless first period, the Blugolds (6-3-1) erupted for four in the second period to take control of the game. Joe Krause got the scoring started at 6:06 of the second period with a power-play goal on assists from Jeff Pauluk and Ross Andersen.
At 12:11, Daniel Olszewski gave the Blugolds a 2-0 lead while Andersen picked up his second assist of the night. Just a few minutes later, at 14:42, Andersen tallied a goal of his own on assists from Olszewski and Alex Olson. Jared Williams capped off the scoring in the second period at 18:05 with David Donnellan and Jon Waggoner providing the helpers.
MSOE (1-10-0) cut into the lead just 32 seconds into the third period with an even-strength goal that made it a 4-1 UW-Eau Claire lead. Jack Callahan answered the MSOE goal with his first of the night at 4:56 with assists from Derek Knetter and Krause.
Donnellan tallied the Blugold's second goal of the night with the man advantage, and the final goal of the game at 15:57 with assists from Pauluk and Olszewski.
Jay Deo made 14 saves on 15 shots in his fourth start of the season. He improved to 3-0-1 this season with the victory. The Blugolds outshot MSOE 28-15 in the game, including 16-1 in the final period.