UWSP hockey comes back three times, drops nine-goal game to UW-River Falls
Press release from UW-Stevens Point***
STEVENS POINT, Wis. - After coming from behind to tie the score three times, the third-ranked UW-Stevens Point men's hockey team could not do so a fourth time in a wild 5-4 loss to 10th-ranked UW-River Falls on Thursday night at K.B. Willett Arena.
The Falcons (15-6-3, 8-3-0 WIAC) led 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before the Pointers (18-4-2, 6-4-1, WIAC) tied the score each time. However, UW-River Falls took a 5-3 lead and hung on to claim the top seed in the WIAC playoffs. The Pointers will be the second seed and will host a WIAC Semifinal series against UW-Eau Claire.
Kyle Sharkey and Joe Kalisz each recorded two goals and one assist for UW-Stevens Point, while Kyle Brodie and Garrett Ladd each had a pair of assists. Alex Hagaman led UW-River Falls with two goals.
The score was tied at 1-1 after the first period after a power-play goal from Sharkey in the final minute in the period canceled out Cory Lushanko's opener just 72 seconds into the game. Brodie and Lawrence Cornellier both hit the pipe early in the opening period.
The rest of the scoring in the game all occurred in the seven-goal second period. Wille Hess put UWRF ahead early in the second but Sharkey again tied the score with his 13th goal of the season. Hagaman's first goal gave the Falcons their third one-goal lead of the game.
Kalisz's first goal of the night made it 3-3 midway through the second period but Hagaman scored just 31 seconds later. The Falcons took a two-goal lead 1:39 after Hagaman's second goal of the night following a power-play goal from Mitch Kontny, which turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Kalisz cut the UWRF lead to 5-4 in the final two minutes of the second period off an assist by Ladd. With his second assist of the game, Ladd became the second UWSP player to have 40 points in a season in the last 13 years.
After the high-scoring second period, neither team managed to score in the final period as the Pointers outshot the Falcons 9-5. UWSP outshot UWRF 38-21 in the game but the Falcons scored four goals on seven shots in the decisive second period.
Scott Lewan made 34 saves for UW-River Falls, including 25 in the first two periods. Brandon Jaeger made eight of his 16 saves in the opening 20 minutes for the Pointers.
UW-Stevens Point finishes its regular-season schedule on Saturday at UW-Superior at 7 p.m.
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