Shutout win secures fourth straight Thanksgiving Cup for Men's Hockey

Steve Frommell, d3photography.com
Steve Frommell, d3photography.com

BLAINE, Minn. – Senior transfer Chase Hollander received his first career start at goaltender for the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Hockey team Saturday afternoon in a Thanksgiving Cup tilt with Bethel University. He responded with the fourth career shutout in CUW history, stopping 25 shots in a 4-0 win. The victory also secured the Thanksgiving Cup for the fourth straight season for the Falcons.

THE BASICS
- Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 4, Bethel 0
- Location: Bethel University Arena – Blaine, Minnesota.
- Records: Concordia Wisconsin 6-3-1; Bethel 1-8-1

Chase Hollander with the Thanksgiving Cup

HOW IT HAPPENED
- There was no scoring in the first period, as the Falcons struck once in the second and added three insurance goals in the third period. Hollander (Random Lake, Wis.) stopped all 11 shots he faced in the opening stanza, as did his counterpart, Joe Sheppard.

- Senior Brandt Weldon (The Pas, Manitoba) put the Falcons on the board just 2:43 into the second period for what would go in the books as the game-winning score. Weldon's first goal of the season came on the power play and was assisted by freshmen Jake Switzer (Swansea, Ill.) and Dante Hahn (Victoria, British Columbia).

- Hollander made eight more saves in the second period for the Falcons, keeping his team in front 1-0 heading into the second intermission.

- The duo of freshman Jim Pearson (Ashton, Ontario) and senior Tanner Bull (Brooklin, Ontario) were factors in the next two goals for the Falcons, one coming 1:27 into the third and the other coming with 4:35 remaining in the period. Pearson was credited with both goals and Bull assisted on both, although it is expected a stat change on the game's third goal will be switched to a score for Bull.

- Sophomore Nicholas Erb (London, Ontario) struck in the final minute for his second goal in as many days. Senior Josh Herrington (Aurora, Ontario) assisted on the play as Erb has now scored a point in all but two games this season.

- Hollander finished off the shutout with six saves in the third stanza. The Falcons outshot the Royals, 30-25, for the game.

- CUW again had an advantage on special teams, scoring once on four power plays. It was the Falcons penalty kill that stood out Saturday, killing off all five of the Royals power play chances.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Falcons improve to 7-0-1 against Bethel all-time, capturing the Thanksgiving Cup each of the four years of the series.

- Hollander's shutout was the fourth all-time in CUW history. Andy Munroe had the last shutout for the Falcons, coming last season in a home win over Finlandia.

- Hollander won six games in three seasons at UW-Stout, including a win over his current team, CUW, last year.

UP NEXT
- The Falcons will return to action next weekend with an NCHA series against Aurora University. The first of those games is set for Friday at the Ozaukee Ice Center at 7 p.m.