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Three men's teams entered the weekend still unbeaten on the year, but by the time the night was over only one remained as No. 3 Trinity and No. 13 Williams both suffered one-goal losses. The lone remaining unbeaten? Top-ranked St. Norbert, which was a 3-1 come-frome-behind winner over No. 8 Augsburg.
|Hobart's Jonáš Ťoupal's goal early in the third period drew the Statesmen into a 2-2 tie with No. 3 Trinity.
Photo: Kevin Colton/HWS Athletics
After a scoreless opening period, Augsburg claimed the first lead of the night when Nate Flynn scored his seventh of the year on the power play at the 2:56 mark of the second period. The Auggies lead stood through the end of two periods, but the Green Knights finally got on the board at the 5:42 mark of the third stanza with a goal by freshman William Yates to tie things up at one.
At the 8:24 mark, St. Norbert (10-0-1) claimed its first lead of the evening when Tyler Andrews scored what proved to be the game-winner with a shot that Augsburg goaltender Nick Schmit was never able to get eyes on. Tanner Froese added another for some insurance just over two minutes later to make it 3-1, and St. Norbert and goaltender T.J. Black kept the Auggies off the board the rest of the way.
Black finished with 24 stops to help lead the Green Knights to the win, while Luke Karakas and Dominick Sacco both finished with a pair of assists. Evan Hesse and Max Pernhem picked up assists for Augsburg (8-3-0), while Schmit finished with 32 saves. The loss marked the third in a row for the Auggies, who will again drop the puck against St. Norbert on Saturday night.
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It was No. 11 Hobart that knocked Trinity out of the realm of the unbeaten. A first period Jack McCarthy goal and another at the 2:04 mark of the second by Liam Feeney actually staked the Bantams a 2-0 lead, but from there it was all Statesmen. Ryan Lynch scored at 9:26 of the second to reduce the deficit to 2-1, while Jonáš Ťoupal tallied at the 6:52 mark of the third to tie the game, 2-2.
Just over a minute later, at the 8:03 mark of the period, Hobart's Vincent Russo scored just his second goal of the season but it was a big one as it handed the Statesmen a 3-2 lead they never relinquished. Hobart (7-2-2) was outshot by Trinity (6-1-1) 36-29 on the night and picked up 34 saves from goaltender Alexander Connal. Alex Morin made 26 stops for Trinity.
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Williams entered the night a perfect 5-0, but now stands at 5-1 after suffering a 1-0 setback to long-time rival Amherst. Phil Johnson, on an assist from Jack Fitzgerald, scored the only goal of the night, but it was all the Mammoths needed to unseat the Ephs. Connor Girard made 27 saves to get the shutout win in goal for Amherst (3-1-3), and it was a win that marked his first of the season. The shutout also marked the second career no-no for the senior from Bloomington, Minnesota. Stephen Morrissey finished with 34 saves for Williams.