HANCOCK, Mich. – Concordia University Wisconsin built a 2-0 lead early and tallied two more goals in the third period to earn a 4-1 at Finlandia University in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play.
The victory was the third in a row for the Falcons after not having won the seven prior contests. During the sweep, CUW piled on 12 goals, while allowing just three. Four different players found the back of the net on Sunday, with junior Tanner Tryggestad (Amery, Wis.) leading the way with two points (goal and assist).
Sophomore Eli Riddle (Blissfield, Mich.) smashed home his first goal of the season just over 16 minutes into the game. Freshman Riley Storzuk (Wynyard, Saskatchewan) and sophomore Trammell Lynes (Edmonton, Alberta) each got credit for the score.
Nearly six minutes later sophomore Devin Stuermer (Milwaukee, Wis.) lit the lamp to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. Freshman Kyle Fink (Milwaukee, Wis.) and freshman Cody Dorion (Caledon, Ontario) each received an assist for their efforts.
The Lions (0-10-0, 0-8-0 NCHA) only score of the game came nine minutes and 37 seconds into the second period after Ryan Daavettila recorded his first goal of the season. Shigenobu Kakudate and Cody Essel had assists on the play.
Junior Matt Gates (Palatine, Ill.) and Tryggestad slammed the door shut on FU with goals five seconds apart from each other, which is the fastest two goals in program history. Gates connected on senior Brandon Bayer (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Tryggestad passes 2:57 into the third period. Tryggestad tickled the twine five seconds later with an unassisted goal.
Sophomore Domingo Torrenueva (Oshawa, Ontario) earned his third-consecutive win after saving 24 shots.
Neither team was able to convert on their six power-play attempts and both teams combined for 34 penalty minutes on 17 whistles.
CUW won't compete on the ice again until Tuesday, Jan. 7 for a rare mid-week NCHA matchup at Lake Forest College at 7 p.m.