Hockey team improves to 7-3 with weekend wins

Michelle Pollard

Michelle Pollard

The South Dakota State University Hockey Club improved their record to 7-3-2 this weekend as they won two games against Inver Hills Community College.

On Friday, the Jacks defeated Inver Hills with an 8-1 final score. In the first period, SDSU took advantage of their shooting and led 4-0. The Jacks outshot Inver 27-4 in the first period.

The second period started a little different compared to any other game that SDSU has had. The lights at the Larson Ice Rink in Brookings went off. There was a problem in a service panel and the building had to be evacuated. The teams decided to resume the game Saturday at 3 p.m.

The overnight rest was good for Inver Hills, as they came out with more fire and outshot the Jackrabbits 15-14 in the second period. SDSU recovered in the third and finished the period with three more goals. The Jacks outshot Inver Hills 21-2 in the third.

The Jacks were led by Scott Taylor, Justin Moe and Billy Schneider, who all scored two goals. Colin Bryant and Brent Benning also added a goal Friday night.

Saturday, SDSU defeated Inver Hills by a 7-2 margin. The Jacks were again led by Taylor, who had a hat trick (three goals) on Saturday. Benning and Schneider scored one goal each on Saturday. Also adding to the SDSU scoring barrage were Bill DeBlonk and Andy Schuster.

The Jackrabbits outshot Inver Hills 51-41 Saturday.

The team will be at intrastate rival, Northern State University this Friday and Saturday. The games begin at 10 p.m.

When coming back from winter break, SDSU will again take on Inver Hills on Jan. 12 and 13. Their first home games in 2002 will be Jan. 18 and 19 versus Grand Forks Storm. The game begins at 9 p.m. on Friday and 11 p.m. on Saturday.