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Steve Freeman, the UW-River Fall's men's hockey program's all-time leader in coaching wins, recorded his 300th career victory Jan. 5 when the Falcons defeated St. John's, 3-1, at Hunt Arena.
Steve Freeman, the UW-River Fall's men's hockey program's all-time leader in coaching wins, recorded his 300th career victory Jan. 5 when the Falcons defeated St. John's, 3-1, at Hunt Arena.

Falcons get Freeman 300th win

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Steve Freeman, the UW-River Fall's men's hockey program's all-time leader in coaching wins, recorded his 300th career victory Jan. 5 when the Falcons defeated St. John's, 3-1, at Hunt Arena.

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One night earlier UWRF gave Freeman win No. 299 with a 5-3 win over Concordia-Moorhead. Freeman, in his 17th year as head coach of the Falcons, has a 300-150-35 career record at UWRF. The Falcons are 8-5-2 this year.

Freeman's 300th win came virtue of a 41-save effort from goaltender Scott Lewan and a goal and assist each from Alec Hagaman and New Richmond native Jeff Burke. Adam Cardwell also had a goal while another New Richmond product --Jake Calleja -- tallied an assist.

Friday night, Calleja and Hagaman combined for five assists in the 5-3 win over Concordia-Moorhead.

Calleja had three assists on the night while Hagaman had two. Five different Falcons -- Bill Simon, Tyler Briola, Cody Kohn, Willie Hess and Adam Cardwell -- scored goals while Lewan made 25 saves in net.

Freeman has coached in a Falcon program that has played in five NCAA Frozen Four National Championships, 11 NCAA National Tournaments and 13 NCHA Peters Cup Final Tournaments. He was named the NCHA Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2003 and was the WIAC Coach of the Year in 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012.

Going into this season, Freeman was ranked ninth in career winning percentage (.656) for NCAA Division III coaches. His career wins mark ranks him 13th in NCAA Division III despite having coached fewer seasons than any other coach in the top 14.

The Falcons return to action with a weekend series at UW-Stout Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

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