Men’s Hockey Drops to Second Seed

Sam Hvidsten

The College of St. Scholastica men’s hockey team traveled over to Adrian College in Michigan to finish their regular season. Falling short both nights, the Saints were unable to overcome the rough, and at times physical, game.

Friday’s game started with everyone on their feet. Adrian College scored five minutes into the game to take an early lead. It did not take too long for the Saints to even the score. Five minutes later, senior Brandon Millin took advantage of a power play with the help of freshman Brett Radford and senior Josh Hansen. The rest of the period consisted of a lot of back-and-forth play and a good amount of shots on goal. The second period was not as friendly to the Saints. Eight penalties were called, but Adrian was the only team benefitting. They scored two shorthanded goals in the first ten minutes to bring the score up to 3-1. Later in the period, Adrian beat a 4-4 and used a power play to get two more pucks past the Saint’s goaltender, Zane Steeves. The end of the second period brought the score to a crushing 5-1. The third period was not quite as intense. Junior Kale Derkson capitalized on a power play, scoring only two minutes into the third period. The Saints could not come back from Adrian’s rough play, however, as Adrian scored once more to make the final score 6-2.

Saturday’s game started off slow. There wasn’t any action until over halfway through the first period. Adrian used their power play advantage after the Saints were called out on a cross-checking penalty to take the lead at 1-0. It took less than a minute for freshman Kyle Star to tie up the game with an unassisted goal, which also happened to be the only goal of the game where each team had six players on the ice. Adrian did not give up their lead for long. Before the end of the period, they came back with another goal with less than two minutes left, ending with a 2-1 lead. The second period was another slow part of the game. Regardless of the 10 power plays, both teams were unable to use them to their advantage. Adrian did score in the second period, but it did end with a tripping penalty against them, setting up a Saints power play for the third period. The Saints used that power play and scored 37 seconds into the period. Senior Steven Phee scored with assists being credited to Radford and junior Mark Whiteley. Only a minute and a half later, Adrian stretched their lead by scoring their fourth and final goal. Senior Peter Megariotis saved 38 of the 42 shots in the net, ending the game with a final score of 4-2.

This was the last game of the regular season for the Saints. They will return back to Duluth where they will start the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup playoffs where they will face Northland College. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. at the Mars Lakeview Arena.