West wrap: Dec. 18

Nearly two months after playing its first game in program history, Trine finally has a win. In fact, it has two after sweeping Chatham in a series over the weekend.

The Thunder won their first game in program history Friday, taking down the Cougars 4-1, and followed that up with another 4-1 Saturday. Prior to the weekend, Trine had gone winless in its first nine games. Brett Young made 26 saves. He had a shutout going until the final minutes. Sammy Nardicchio came through with a goal and an assist. Leading scorer Lucas Bombardier scored as well.

In Saturday’s game, Max DiCicco scored twice and Bombardier punched in his fifth goal of the season. He also has five assists. The goals by DiCiccio over the weekend — he scored once on Friday — were his first three of the year.

Young made 15 saves in goal.

Trine is unbeaten in its last three games and has scored four goals in each one. The four goals marks the most in a game the Thunder has scored this season.

Saints pull off upset
St. Scholastica’s third-period power surge carried the Saints to a 5-2 win over 11th-ranked Augsburg Saturday. The Saints trailed 2-1 entering the final period of play, and the win is their sixth over the Auggies in their last eight meetings. The win is also their first over a nationally ranked team this season.

Parker Mismash tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Saints to their fourth consecutive win. He now has 10 points on the season. Nick Trenciansky came up big in goal, making 33 saves. Nick Schmit stopped 35 shots for the Auggies, who have lost five consecutive games after an 8-0 start.

Nate Flynn scored for the Auggies and has eight goals on the year. He is the second-leading goal scorer in the MIAC.

Battle of Wisconsin
Concordia and Wisconsin-Stout squared off in a two-game series and the Falcons took the opener 2-1 before skating to a 4-4 tie against the Blue Devils in the finale.

In Friday’s game, Concordia scored twice in the third period to secure the win. Nick Guerra’s power-play goal with just over two minutes to play served as the game-winner. The goal was Guerra’s third of the season. Nick Malvin made 28 saves. Gavin Smith scored the lone goal for the Blue Devils, who saw their two-game win streak come to an end.

On Saturday, the two teams battled back and forth, with Dante Hahn sending the game into overtime off a goal with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. It was the third tie of the game and the first game-tying goal of Hahn’s career. Taylor Guald dished out three assists, the most in his career. Malvin came through with 21 saves.

Mathias Ahman scored twice for the Blue Devils. He also dished out two assists. Connor Chambers stepped up as well for Wis.-Stout, dishing out three assists. Kyle Sylvester finished with two assists and Tommi Ahlgren made 25 saves.

The Falcons close out the first half of the season losing just twice in their last 10 games.