Ole men erase early deficit, defeat Pipers 3-2 to open MIAC Playoffs
February 23, 2012
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - St. Olaf overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat visiting Hamline University 3-2 in the first round of the MIAC Men's Hockey Playoffs on Thursday night at Northfield Ice Arena.
Ross Trousdale's shorthanded score with 1:32 left in the second period was the game-winner for the Oles (12-8-6), who advance to the MIAC semifinals for the sixth time since 2003-04. St. Olaf, now 3-0 in play-in games in the MIAC Playoffs, will face top-seeded St. Thomas on Saturday night.
Steve Papciak picked up the win in net for St. Olaf. Papciak made 25 saves in the final two periods after spelling starter Ben Leis, who allowed a pair of first period goals.
Hamline (10-14-2) had goals from Austin Chihak and Jordan VanGilder in the eighth and 14th minutes of the first period to take a 2-0 lead.
The Oles' Brian Hickey scored 31 seconds after VanGilder, at 13:52 of the second, to bring the Oles within one at the first intermission. Kevin Harris tied the game for St. Olaf on a power play goal at 6:48 of the second on a feed from brother Jeff. Aaron Molstad also had an assist on the tally.
The Oles held Hamline scoreless on seven power plays, including a kill over the final 3:59 after taking a major penalty.
The 3-2 over the Pipers was the Oles' 17th game this season decided by a goal or less (5-6-6).