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Falcons regaining their form

UW-River Falls' sophomore Nolan Craner (18) tries to squeeze the puck between the pipe and St. Thomas goaltender Tyler Chestnut in the first period of the Falcons' 4-2 win over the Tommies Saturday night at Hunt Arena. Bob Burrows photo

After stumbling out of the gate at the beginning of the season, the UW-River Falls men's hockey team may be starting to hit its stride.

The Falcons won their third straight game, 4-1, over St. Thomas Saturday night at Hunt Arena in their first game back from break. They continue their nonconference swing at Concordia-Moorhead Wednesday night and at home against St. John's Friday.

Since opening the season with record of 1-6-1, the Falcons have won five of their last six games to pull to within a game of .500 at 6-7-1.

Saturday night against St. Thomas, the Falcons jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Tommies were able to get on the board with a power play goal midway through the third period. Sean Roadhouse extended the Falcon lead to 4-1 at the 10:16 mark before St. Thomas made the final 4-2 with another power play goal with just under five minutes remaining.

After a scoreless first period and 15 minutes of scoreless hockey in the second, Ben Beaudoin put the Falcons on the board with a power play goal, assisted by Derek Hansberry and Grant Everett. With just under a minute remaining in the period, Jordan McIntyre made it a 2-0 game, assisted by Jon Halstenson and Tyler Czuba.

Tyler Pederson's first career goal at the 1:42 mark of the third period made the score 3-0 and turned out to be the eventual game-winner. He was assisted by Everett and Sean Pettinger.

Roadhouse's second goal of the season came sandwiched between a pair of St. Thomas power play goals. He was assisted by Dustin Norman and Josh Meyers.

UW-RF goalie Stephen Ritter made 25 saves to win his third straight game and improve his record to 6-3-1 on the season. Each team finished with 27 shots on goal.