Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sports

Hockey: Blugolds win both WIAC titles

The UW-Eau Claire women’s hockey team won its first WIAC tournament title on Saturday with a 3-2 double-overtime win over UW-River Falls in River Falls.

Later, the Blugolds men matched the feat, topping UW-Stevens Point 3-2 in Stevens Point.

For the women, senior Mariah Czech scored the game-winner 6 minutes, 10 seconds into the second extra period with an assist from freshman Emma Peterson. Sophomore Elizabeth Bauer sent the game to OT with a tying goal midway through the third period. Juniors Courtney Wittig, who scored the Blugolds’ first tally, and Kelly Knetter assisted on that goal. Sophomore Erin Connolly made 22 saves in net.

The win was UW-Eau Claire’s 18th of the season, matching the school record set last year.

In the men’s game, senior Todd Koritzinsky and sophomore Alex Strand scored 1:24 apart early in the third period to give the Blugolds a 3-1 lead over the Pointers. UW-Stevens Point pulled one back with 7:17 remaining, but UW-Eau Claire held on for its second WIAC tournament championship.

Senior Mac Jansen gave the Blugolds the lead with a first-period power-play goal that held up until the Pointers scored with 1:13 left in the second period.

Freshman Zach Dyment made 24 saves for UW-Eau Claire, which was outshot 26-22. Junior Johnny Mueller had a pair of assists.

Both teams will now await Monday’s NCAA Division III tournament selection show to see if they receive at-large bids. The WIAC does not have an automatic bid into the tournament.


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