Men’s hockey splits series

Brian Kimmes

Brian Kimmes

The men’s club hockey team faced Carlton College for a two game series in Brookings this weekend. The Jackrabbits split the series, winning the first game and losing the second.

The Jacks’ offense dominated in the first game, tallying 17 goals in a 17-3 victory. The offensive was not there in the second game, as the Jacks fell 5-4.

At first, Friday night’s game appeared to be a defensive struggle. Neither team scored for the first 15 minutes of the game. The Jacks finally broke the scoring drought when Roy Sando scored with five minutes remaining in the first period. Sando’s goal opened the floodgates for the Jacks, who scored four more goals before the period ended, including two in the final 30 seconds. The Jacks also had one goal waved off during the final five minutes. Sando scored three of the five goals in the first period for the Jacks, and finished with five goals for the game.

The Jacks controlled the first period from the beginning, firing 23 shots on goal compared to Carlton’s eight. The Jacks dictated the action, keeping the puck in the Carlton zone and allowing Carlton to have any sustained attack in their zone, and only allowinga few rushes.

The second period picked up where the first period ended. Kevin Heinen scored the first of his four goals with 17 minutes, 50 seconds left to play in the second. The Jacks would build an 8-0 lead before surrendering a goal to Carlton. Bobby Phillips broke up Dan Ingmanson’s shutout with a power play goal at 12 minutes, 18 seconds in the second period. The Jacks would tack on two more goals before the period ended. The Jacks led 10-1 heading into the third period. The majority of the action was again in the Carlton zone. The second period included more penalties as the game got out of hand.

Carlton scored the first two goals of the third period, but never got back in the game. The Jacks put an exclamation point on an already dominant game by scoring six goals, including three shorthanded goals in the final five minutes and four seconds of the game.

Twelve different Jacks’ players registered a point in the game and three different players had hat tricks. Leading the way was Sando with eight points, three assists and five goals. Ryan Nelson assisted on five goals while scoring two of his own. Jake Gustafson and Heinen were the other two Jacks with three goals.

The Jacks travel to Mankato, Minn., to take on Minnesota State University-Mankato for two games next weekend.