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UW-River Falls' sophomore forward Nolan Craner (18) collides with St. Olaf goaltender Nick Krauss after Krauss stopped a point-blank shot by Craner in the first period of the Falcons' 3-1 loss to the Oles Friday night at Hunt Arena. Bob Burrows photo

Falcon men drop two more

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River Falls Journal
Falcon men drop two more
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The UW-River Falls men's hockey team is still looking for its first win of the season after a rough weekend against MIAC opponents.

The Falcons dropped a 3-1 decision to St. Olaf Friday night at Hunt Arena and lost 6-4 at Gustavus Adolphus Saturday to slip to 0-3-1 on the season.

UW-RF will open NCHA play at home this weekend with St. Scholastica here Friday and UW-Superior Saturday. Game time is 7:05 p.m. both nights.

Last Friday the Falcons outshot St. Olaf 52-15 but Ole goaltender Nick Krauss allowed only a third-period goal by Josh Meyers that tied the score, 1-1. Tyler Czuba picked up an assist.

St. Olaf scored the game-winner with just 1:13 remaining, then added an empty-netter with eight seconds left to make the final 3-1.

UW-RF outshot St. Olaf 17-2 in the first period yet trailed 1-0 at the first intermission. Falcon goalie Bo Storozuk finished with 12 saves in the game. All the scoring came with the teams skating even-strength.

The Falcons were whistled for just three penalties in the loss, a stark contrast to Saturday's contest at Gustavus that saw the Falcons penalized 13 times while the Gusties were whistled for nine. Gustavus scored three times in nine power-play opportunities while the Falcons were 2-for-8.

Gustavus took a 2-0 lead before Falcon Jordan McIntyre shortened the deficit with a goal at 15:00, with assists coming from Ben Beaudoin and Grant Everett. After several Falcon penalties, the Gusties responded with a power play goal by Spencer Campion at 18:14 to take a 3-1 lead.

UW-RF's Derek Hansberry scored the only goal of the second period on a power play at 10:33, unassisted, with the Falcons skating with a two-man advantage.

Gustavus extended its lead to 4-2 early in the third period with a shorthanded goal before Nolan Craner made it a one-goal game again for UW-RF with his first goal of the season at 3:18, assisted by Sean Roadhouse and Czuba.

After another Gustavus goal, Czuba found the back of the net at 11:18, assisted by Jamie Ruff, but Gustavus scored a power-play goal at 12:49 to make the final 6-4.

Storozuk made 25 saves in goal for UW-RF as Gustavus outshot the Falcons 31-30.