SUPERIOR – The UW-Stevens Point men's hockey team saw its Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) tournament run come to an end on Saturday evening with a 4-2 loss to the Yellowjackets of UW-Superior in the semifinal round of the league's postseason tournament.
UW-Superior took a 1-0 lead in the game's opening minutes as Justin Faryna scored unassisted just 3:53 in to give the host Yellowjackets an early advantage.
Kyle Politz evened the score for the Pointers at the 14:55 mark with a goal assisted by Garrett Suter and Harrison Niemann.
Superior jumped back in front with back-to-back goals in the first four-plus minutes of the second period as Kyle Leahy and Tyler Klein helped pushed the ‘Jacket lead to 3-1.
Chad Boeckman cut the deficit back to a single goal at 3-2 with a goal at the 4:44 mark of the second period off a pass from Suter and Luke Nesper.
Midway through the second Superior added another goal, this time from Talon Berlando, to once again push the lead back to two, 4-2.
In the third, Superior goaltender Drew Strandberg turned away all 14 of UWSP's shots on target as the Yellowjackets skated to the victory.
Nick Graves netted 28 saves on the evening but it was not enough to extend the Pointers season.
Superior (16-11-1) advances to face top-seeded St. Norbert College next Saturday, March 5th in De Pere in the NCHA Championship game. The winner receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs.
UW-Stevens Point's season ends with a record of 13-14-1.