MILWAUKEE – The MSOE hockey team scored three times in a 4:53 span to break open a scoreless game and defeat Aurora 4-1 Saturday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (10-9-2, 6-7-1 NCHA) and Spartans (5-12-4, 4-9-1 NCHA) were briefly tied after the scoring started but MSOE quickly pulled away with back-to-back scores.
Senior James Ring scored two goals, both opening and capping the scoring in the game. Freshman Stian Owens scored for the second-straight night after netting his first collegiate score Friday and freshman Adam Ostrowski added his first collegiate goal.
Senior Zach Woodman made 27 saves for the win, posting his eighth game allowing one goal or fewer and added his first college assist in the process.
After the Raiders dominated the opening period with a 17-6 shot advantage, but did not score, Ring got the ball rolling at 8:04 of the second period. Woodman played a forward pass to senior Brett Wagner, who advanced the puck to Ring in the neutral zone. Ring then skated in on goal and deposited the puck around the goalie for a 1-0 lead.
The advantage would be short-lived as Aurora answered just 1:26 later to level the game at 1-1.
Owens picked up the game-winner at 11:38 of the period off assists from seniors Conner Enciso and Clint Garris. Owens got a pass from Garris and worked a give-and-go with Enciso while crossing the blue line and took a loose puck off Enciso's stick, slotting it home to make it 2-1.
Ostrowski then hit a slap shot on a power play 1:19 later for an insurance goal. Senior Zach Simpson and freshman Garrett Gintoli worked the puck to the defenseman in front of the Raider goal and the rookie responded with a one-time slap shot.
Wagner set up Ring's second goal of the night just 2:41 into the final period. His initial shot was saved and the rebound leaked out to the side, where Ring skated in and stuffed the puck into the net to put the game away. Junior Matthew Romund also assisted on the goal.
Shots went 44-28 in favors of the Red & White, with Josh Boyko tallying 40 saves on the night. The Raiders had 21 penalty minutes on five penalties but were effective in killing off all four power plays for the Spartans. Meanwhile, they converted on 2-of-6 man advantages on the night, as the visitors had seven penalties for 14 minutes.
MSOE returns to the ice next weekend with a home-and-home series against Concordia Wisconsin starting Friday night at the Kern Center.