Balanced Attack Leads #15/rv Hockey Past Northland

Balanced Attack Leads #15/rv Hockey Past Northland

MILWAUKEE – Five different players scored goals to send the No. 15/rv MSOE hockey team to a 5-3 victory over Northland Friday night at the Kern Center.

The Raiders (4-1, 2-1 NCHA) scored two first period goals, then answered each after each of three Lumberjacks (1-3-1, 1-3-1 NCHA) power play goals.

Seniors Clint Garris and Jerad Tafoya, sophomore Nick Redmon, and freshmen David Marabella and Garrett Gintoli each lit the lamp on the night. Nine different Red & White tallied assists with freshman Nate Rogers picking up a pair.

MSOE came out on fire, scoring twice in the opening period while racking up a 19-7 shot advantage.

Garris opened the scoring 6:40 into the game, taking a shot from the point that took a slight deflection and snuck inside the left post to make it 1-0. Gintoli and freshman Will Gauthier picked up assists on the play.

Marabella then made it 2-0 with his first collegiate goal at 11:22. The score came on a counter attack, with junior Michael Romund getting a soft shot on target and Marabella following up with the goal. Freshman Stian Owens was also in on the play, notching an assist.

Northland looked to fight back in the second period, equaling their opening period shot total in the first 2:13 of the period. The Raider defense withstood the pressure, but the Lumberjacks did get on the board minutes later. Josh Racek pulled a goal back for the visitors at 8:45 of the period on the power play.

Senior Jerad Tafoya re-established the two-goal advantage in the closing minutes of the period, finishing off a rebound from freshman Nate Rogers. Rogers took an outlet pass from senior Zach Simpson and attacked the zone. His initial shot was saved by the body of the NC goalie but flipped over his shoulder and was re-directed into the net by Tafoya.

The teams then traded a pair of goals each in a frenetic third period. The Lumberjacks opened the scoring at 10:29 of the period on Racek's second goal of the game. Redmon then responded at 12:13, sniping a goal from Rogers and senior James Ring.

Once again, Northland pulled within a goal. This time, it was Ty Kraus with the score coming at 14:07.

Just over three minutes later, Gintoli put the finishing touches on the victory. Junior Matthew Romund set a break going the other way just inside the neutral zone. Wagner carried the puck and saw his shot saved, but Gintoli was there to knock the puck in the goal.

Senior Zach Woodman prevailed in a strong showing of the two goalies, making 32 saves for the victory. AJ Smith kept the Lumberjacks close with several strong stops among his 30 saves on the night.

After a lopsided opening period, shots leveled off somewhat in the game. MSOE finished with a 39-35 advantage. The Red & White was also whistled for nine penalties for 18 minutes and six power play attempts for the visitors. Northland was called for just five penalties, giving the Raiders just three man advantages.

MSOE returns to the ice Saturday, hosting St. Scholastica at 4 p.m.