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Men's Hockey rolls to 9-3 win over Gusties

February 19, 2005
Sat. Feb. 19, 2005

MIAC Men's Hockey/at Mendota Heoghts

St. Thomas 9, Gustavus 3
Dan Krmpotich and Ryan Hoehn each scored two goals and the host Tommies (13-5-5 overall, 10-3-1 MIAC) secured a No. 2 playoff seed with Saturday's 9-3 victory over Gustavus (9-13-1, 6-7-1) in MIAC men's hockey play in Mendota Heights.

The No. 12-ranked Toms scored the game's last five goals and clinched a top-two conference finish for the 17th time in 18 seasons under Coach Terry Skrypek. They are 12-0-2 in their last 14 games with the Gusties, including Friday's 4-4 tie in St. Peter.

St. Thomas had a season-high scoring output and outshot Gustavus 41-26. That included a 21-7 advantage in the second period when it got goals from five different players. The Toms killed off six of seven Gustie power-play tries.

Krmpotich, who scored two goals in Friday's tie, added two power-play goals Saturday. Kevin Rollwagen, Anthony Blumer, Darin Strand, Andy Panchenko and Nick Harris also had goals for the Toms.

St. Thomas plays Concordia twice at home next weekend -- Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. The Toms will host an MIAC semifinal playoff game Thursday March 3 at 8 p.m., probably against either St. Olaf or Bethel.

Gustavus' Loren Havemeier had a goal and two assists and Kyle Menken had a goal and an assist. The Gusties play Augsburg next weekend and are in a five-team scramble for three playoff spots.

Gustavus-----1/2/0--3
St. Thomas---2/5/2--9

1st period
1, ST-Krmpotich (Harris, Wilcox) 5:43 pp; 2, ST-Rollwagen (unasst.) 6:53; 3, G-Menken (Droogsma, Havemeier) 13:12.

2nd Period
4, G-Hosfield (Meyer, Havemeier) 1:04 pp; 5, ST-Strand (unasst.) 5:10; 6, ST-Blumer (Harris, Rollwagen) 6:29; 7, G-Havemeier (Menken) 7:42; 8, ST-Panchenko (Strand, Bottoms) 9:02; 9, ST-Hoehn (unasst.) 12:47; 10, ST-Harris (Blumer) 15:02.

3rd Period
11, ST-Krmpotich (Bottoms, Harris) 9:52 pp; 12, ST-Hoehn (Strand, Panchencko) 18:00.

Goalies
GAC: Mickelson 60 min., 9 GA, 32 saves (7-16-9)
UST: Hennessey 60 min., 3 GA, 23 saves (8-5-10)

Penalties
GAC: 7 for 14
UST: 9 for 18

Power Plays
GAC: 1 for 7
UST: 2 for 4

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