Rally falls short for men's hockey against Hamline
November 19, 2011
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn.- After falling behind 3-0, the St. Olaf men's hockey team climbed back into the game but could not complete the comeback in a 4-3 loss to Hamline on Saturday night at Vadnais Sports Complex.
Hamline established a 3-0 lead in the early stages of the second period behind goals from two goals from Cory Belisle and a power-play goal from Brian Arrigoni. Arrigoni's power-play goal was sandwiched between Belisle's goals in each of the first two periods.
Two minutes after Belisle's second goal of the game, and fourth of the year, made it 3-0, Peter Rohn scored a short-handed goal for the Oles. Rohn's fourth goal of the year was assisted by Charlie Raskob and gave the Oles hope for a comeback.
Jeff Harris' third goal of the weekend cut St. Olaf's deficit to 3-2 heading to the third period. Justin Thomas and Jeff's brother Kevin assisted on the Oles second goal.
Early in the third period, the Pipers extended their lead to 4-2 courtesy of Austin Cihak's second goal of the year. Cihak's goal, the eventual game-winner, was an even-strength goal and was assisted by Jordan VanGilder and Belisle.
With three minutes remaining, a power-play goal from Charlie Raskob once again cut the Hamline lead to a single goal. Raskob's fourth goal of the season was assisted by Derek Grogan and Joel Lundstrom.
The Oles (4-2-2, 2-1-1 MIAC) were unable to complete the comeback late in the third, despite pulling their goalie, as the Pipers (5-3-0, 3-1-0 MIAC) hung on for the win. Hamline outshot St. Olaf 32-29 over the course of the game. Ben Leis made 28 saves for the Oles in the loss, while Beau Christian picked up the win for the Pipers by making 26 saves.