Here are some additional thoughts from sports reporter Nick Erickson following the UW-Eau Claire men’s hockey team’s 7-0 win over Hamline on Saturday night at Hobbs Ice Center.
— The Blugolds had really nice sets on the power play. Particularly the first one, they had sort of a one defenseman look at center point and two forwards to either side of the goal on the line.
In their first score on the man-advantage, Adam Kleven hit Jesse Tredinnick on the right hash, who then redirected it to Jake Hopfner. Hopfner was in front screening but was wide open when he got the puck after the tap back. He chipped it into a wide open net.
“It was a great look by Adam Kleven at the point, and that’s one of multiple looks on that power play,” Tredinnick said. “It’s nice to see that one go in, it was one of the prettier plays we have. It was fun.”
Nathan Dingmann also scored right at the goal line on the power play.
— The Blugolds were really good at working behind the net on Saturday night.
In their fifth goal, Todd Koritzinsky worked the puck back there and tried a wrap around. Even though it went off the pads, Mac Jansen gobbled up the rebound and shot at virtually an empty net as the defense cheated to stop Koritzinsky.
Same type of play happened on the Blugolds last goal when Zach Kennedy won some one-on-one battles below the goal line and got a shot on net. Kyle Lee tucked it in top shelf on the rebound.
— The hometown kid, Jake Bresser, is still really fast. He took advantage of a blocked shot and raced down the ice past the defense and buried a wrist shot in the top right corner of the net.
His skill shone through again in the third period when a double move freed up Tredinnick on the backside of a 2-on-1, resulting in an easy goal.
— Make no mistake, Hamline is no slouch of an opponent. The Pipers knocked off conference power UW-Stevens Point on Friday before their beatdown in Eau Claire.
“That was obviously one of our best games of the year,” Blugolds coach Matt Loen said. “It’s a big win for us.”