Men’s hockey drops first MIAC game of the season

Greg Miller, Contributor

The Augsburg men’s hockey team took to the ice this weekend in a home and home series against Gustavus, winning the first game 4–2 at home and then losing 3–1 for their first MIAC loss of the season.

   Over winter break, the Auggies took two wins in a weekend series against Hamline, winning 6–3 and then following that up with a 7–2 victory the next day. In that series, senior forward Lukas Gillett scored a goal and got six assists. The next weekend saw the Auggies travel to Wisconsin to take on number-one ranked UW-Stevens Point and then UW-Stout the next day. The Auggies lost 3–1 against Stevens Point and followed that game up with a 3–2 OT win against Stout that saw Tommy Carey net the game winner.

   At the Gustavus series, the Auggies lit the lamp three times in the first period. The first goal was scored by Tommy Carey, assisted by Gillett and Luke Dietsch. The second was scored by Chandler Madry with assists going to Carey and Eric Brenk, and the final goal of the period went to Dietsch with assists from Austin Martinsen and Jason Krych. Gustavus responded with a goal in the second, but the Auggies got another in the third from Austin Martinsen off of assists by Gillett and Dietsch. The Gusties scored again but the game ended with a 4–2 Auggie win.

     The second game saw Auggie defenseman Matt Nehls score his first goal of the season with three seconds left in the first period to tie the game 1–1, but that was all the excitement for the Auggies as they fell in the game 3–1, their first loss in MIAC play this season.

   So far in the season, Madry and Dietsch are tied for fourth in the MIAC in points with 22. Carey is third in assists at 14, while Alex Rodriguez is tied for the MIAC lead in goals at 13. Goalie Nick Schmidt is third in the MIAC in save percentage (.928) and fourth in Goals Against Average (2.23).

   The Auggie men’s hockey team plays St. Olaf next weekend in another home and home series.

This article was originally published in the Jan. 25, 2019 issue. 

Auggie senior Luke Dietsch prepares for a face-off. Photo by Greg Miller.