Men’s Hockey Season Comes to an End

Sam Hvidsten

The College of St. Scholastica men’s hockey team finished their season this past Saturday while facing St. Norbert in the semifinals of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) Harris Cup. This was also the last game for eight senior Saints.

The beginning of the NCHA Harris Cup tournament started on Wednesday when the Saints faced Northland College at the Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth, leaving with a 3-1 victory. Like most of their games, the Saints provided a high paced and energetic game and carried that energy through the entire game. It only took 14 seconds for the Saints to have a player in the penalty box. St. Scholastica had the first goal of the game during a power play. Derek Sutliffe hit the back of the net with three minutes left of the first period with senior Brandon Millin assisting. The lead didn’t hold for too long, however, as Northland tied up the score with less than a minute before the end of the period. The second period consisted of back and forth play. Northland had 18 shots on goal and the Saints had eight, but neither team got one past the goaltenders. The third period led to a hat trick by Sutliffe. Towards the beginning of the period, Brett Radford and sophomore Cole Golka set up a great play for Sutliffe to slide on past the goaltender. More back and forth play continued through the period until Sutliffe’s hat trick was completed with 34 seconds left in the game.

The Saints traveled to St. Norbert College in Wisconsin to play the semifinal round of the Harris Cup. Being in the bracket tournament, the Saints would need to win the game to move on to the next round.

“We were going into St. Norbert’s with some confidence off of Wednesday’s game and we were pretty excited to play,” said senior goaltender Peter Megatarious.

The first period did not go well for the Saints. St. Norbert scored their first goal after eight minutes on the ice. Only a minute and a half later, St. Norbert capitalized on a power play to bring the score to 2-0. The second period started with little action. The Saints were unable to use the power plays to their advantage, but that did not stop St. Norbert from scoring two goals on two consecutive penalties, raising the score to 4-0. No points were added to the score in the third period, ending the game as well as the season for the Saints.

“The boys competed hard, but unfortunately our special teams were our weakness last night,” senior Brandon Millin said. “Although we all had the desire and will to win, we couldn’t find any momentum throughout the game.”

Now that the season is officially over, the men’s hockey team says goodbye to eight seniors: Connor Faupel, Brandon Millin, Steven Phee. Derek Sutliffe, Josh Hansen, Brandon Parrone, Kyle Beaulieu, and Peter Megariotis. Lots of emotions left St. Norbert College on Saturday. A lot of relationships formed during the season, and leaving the team can be like leaving part of a family. Though these eight men will be leaving us, they won’t leave before passing on their words of wisdom. Three seniors, Brandon Millin, Kyle Beaulieu, and Peter Megatarious, share their advice for the team next season.

“I think building the team atmosphere is most important. To develop those life-long relationships will carry onto the ice and help build a winning team,” said Beaulieu.

“Study the tape, get in shape, celebrate,” said Millin.

“For my boys for next year, I want them to go far. Win the league, go to Nationals, and show everyone what we deserve. I love every single one
of you and I wish I had another season with you all. Love Pistol,” said Megatarious.

The men’s hockey team will be back next year, and a new adventure will begin.