Dominick Ingram, Staff Writer
The Augsburg Men’s Hockey team has continued to show their dominance this season, sitting on top of the MIAC with an 11-4-1 record as well as being ranked 9th in the nation. With the season a little over halfway complete, they are in good position to repeat their previous success. The journey back to another MIAC title won’t be easy, as they have been tested throughout the season by other hungry MIAC foes.
The Auggies had a busy weekend, taking on Bethel University both Friday and Saturday, coming away with a win and a tie. Bethel has a 3-11-3 record overall and it definitely showed on Friday as they simply could not keep up with the talented Augsburg squad. Grant Reichenbacher and Charlie Parker both scored two goals apiece, leading the No. 9-ranked Augsburg University men’s hockey team to a 6-0 win on Friday. The Auggies were great offensively, outshooting Bethel by a 32-23 margin in the game. Augsburg took advantage of their power-plays, scoring two power-play goals with the first by Patrick O’Connor and the second by Jonathan Waring who joined the team after winter break. Daniil Gerasimov for the Auggies was on the top of his game, stopping all 23 Bethel shots he faced. Gerasimov now has had three career shutouts, all coming this year.
The Auggies were tested on Saturday. Bethel took a 2-1 lead after two periods, but it clearly wasn’t enough. The Auggies tied the game two minutes into the third period, as Martinsen scored his sixth goal of the season, assisted by Gunnar Goodmanson. The game is officially recorded as a 2-2 tie, but it still had a big impact on Augsburg’s place in the standings by giving the Auggies a valuable extra point in the MIAC standings.
Augsburg will take on Saint John’s Friday at 7 p.m. at Ed Saugestad Rink and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.