Pearson leads way as Men's Hockey secures series split with Aurora

Photo by Lane Schwartz
Photo by Lane Schwartz

GENEVA, Ill. – Freshman Jim Pearson recorded his second career two-goal game and tallied the game-winner in the third period, giving the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Hockey team a 3-2 win at Aurora Saturday night. The win gave the Falcons a split in the two-game weekend series against Aurora after CUW fell 2-1 Friday night at home. The game featured a heavy shot advantage for CUW and lots of time spent in the penalty box as the two teams combined for 78 penalty minutes.

THE BASICS
- Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 3, Aurora 2
- Location: Fox Valley Ice Arena – Geneva, Illinois
- Records: Concordia Wisconsin 7-4-1; 4-3-1 NCHA; Aurora 3-6-0, 3-3-0 NCHA

HOW IT HAPPENED
- With the game tied at two after two periods of play, Pearson (Ashton, Ontario) scored his second goal of the night 4:13 into the final stanza, the lone goal of the third period. The game-winning score was assisted by freshman Dante Hahn (Victoria, British Columbia).

- The Falcons trailed 1-0 after the opening period but scored the first two goals of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Senior Brandt Weldon (The Pas, Manitoba) lit the lamp for a power play goal 4:38 into the second, making the score 1-1. His goal was assisted by sophomore Connor Hogg (London, Ontario).

- Pearson put the Falcons up 2-1 with 5:26 remaining in the second period as his first goal was assisted by senior Tanner Bull (Brooklin, Ontario) and Hahn. Saturday marked the fourth time this season in which Hahn has totaled two assists, as the freshman now has 10 helpers on the season.

- Aurora would tie the game 2-2 with just 18 seconds remaining in the second period on a goal by Drew Doyon. The Spartans first-period goal was scored on the power play off the stick of Rihards Marenas.

- Sophomore Jack Romanuik (Melfort, Saskatchewan) won his sixth game of the season by making 16 saves. For the second straight night, CUW had a big advantage in shots on goal, outshooting Aurora 47-18. Jared Rutledge made 44 saves for the Spartans.

- The Falcons were whistled for 50 penalty minutes on the night, a total of 17 infractions. Aurora spent 38 minutes in the box on 15 infractions. CUW was 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Spartans finished 1-for-5.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Pearson now has six goals during his rookie season with the Falcons. He has two multiple-goal games, the other coming in a 3-2 win over UW-Stout. He tallied the game-winning goal in that game as well.

- The seven wins for CUW before the long midseason break is the second-most in program history. CUW won eight games before the break last season.

UP NEXT
- The Falcons have a month off before returning to the ice. The Falcons will next play in a two-game NCHA series against Lawrence University on January 6-7. The opener will be at home for CUW and is set for a 7 p.m. start.