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Falcon Roundup: Men's hoops wallops Blue Devils

Men's hoops wallops Blue Devils

The UW-River Falls men's basketball team (12-4, 3-3 WIAC) got back on track picking up a WIAC conference win over UW-Stout (7-10, 1-5 WIAC Saturday, Jan. 20 when they took down the Blue Devils 96-68 at Page Arena.

The Falcons outscored the Blue Devils 42-29 in the first half. At the 10:09 mark, the Falcons jumped to a double digit lead and got as much as a 22-point difference after back-to-back three-point shots by Chris Laymon and Alex Herink.

The Blue Devils finished the half with back-to-back three-point shots by Sam Ortmann, The Falcons led 42-26 at the half.

The Falcons extended their lead in the second half scoring 54 points total. Laymon hit back-to-back shots from downtown at the halfway mark putting the Falcons up 20. The team followed it up with a 17-5 run.

Jalen Greenlee ended the second half with a five-point run that secured a 28-point win, 96-68.

Herink scored 12 points on 3-9 shooting. He was 2-3 from beyond the arc and 4-7 from the free throw line.

Clay Seifert scored 10 points and had six assists and two steals.

The Falcons shot 32-57 (56.1 percent) from the floor and connected on thirteen three pointers in 24 attempts. At the free throw line they were 19-24 (79.2 percent).

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the Falcons suffered their second loss in a row as they fell to UW-La Crosse (10-6, 2-3 WIAC) 54-62 on the road at Mitchell Hall.

Men's hockey falls to Pointers, Blugolds

The UW-River Falls men's hockey team (6-12-2, 0-4-0 WIAC) traveled to Stevens Point to take on conference rival UW-Stevens Point (15-4-2, 3-0-1 WIAC) on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Falcons jumped out to an early lead on goals by Eddie Matsushima and Thomas Clayton, but it wasn't enough as they fell to the Pointers 3-2.

The Pointers came out and tested the Falcons early, but the defense blocked shots and Zach Quinn stopped the rest to keep the Pointers off the scoreboard.

At the 9:29 mark of the period Clayton got the Falcons on the board first, when he found the back of the net. The goal was his fourth of the season; he was assisted by Jessie Brown and Aussie Miller.

The Falcons would push their lead to 2-0 just over 3 minutes later when Matsushima found the back of the net. The goal was Matsushima's 10th of the season and he was assisted on the goal by Charlie Singerhouse and Christian Hausinger.

Singerhouse was called for interference 45 seconds after the Falcons went up 2-0 and sent the Pointers to their first power play of the game. The Pointers would take advantage of the power play and cut the Falcon lead to 2-1.

Quinn and the defense would step up to preserve the Falcons' 1 goal lead as the first period ended. Quinn made 16 saves in the first period.

The Pointers came out in the second period and put pressure on the Falcons, but Quinn stopped the first five shots he saw and was helped by the post on one to keep the Falcon lead at 2-1.

The Pointers broke through just over half way mark of the period and tied the score at 2.

The Falcons would go on their first and only power play of the game at the 11:26 mark of the second period, they would manage to get 2 shots on net during the power play but could not break the 2-2 tie.

The Pointers would get a power play opportunity late in the period when Matsushima was called for hooking, but the Falcons and Quinn killed the power play off to keep the score tied at 2.

Twenty seconds after their power play ended the Pointers would break the 2-2 tie at the 17:45 mark of the period when Colin Raver found the back of the net.

The third period would see end to end action with both teams getting shots on net and neither team able to score.The Pointers got the lone power play of the period just over the half way mark but the Falcons killed the penalty off to remain down just 1 goal.

The Falcons would pull their goaltender late in the third period but could not tie the game and the final score was 3-2. Quinn made 33 saves in net for the Falcons.

On Thursday, Jan. 18, the Falcons hosted conference rival UW-Eau Claire (12-7-0, 2-1-0 WIAC) on at Hunt Arena. Two third period goals by the Blugolds were too much for the Falcons to overcome, and they dropped a hard fought game 2-1.

The Falcons return home at 7:05 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 24 to host Hamline University in a nonconference matchup.

Women's hockey wins 1, ties 1

The UW-River Falls women's hockey team (13-4-2, 3-1-1 WIAC) traveled to Stevens Point to play the second game of a weekend series with the Pointers (10-6-2, 1-2-1) Saturday. Jan. 20. Freshman Callie Hoff had a career day, scoring 4 goals and adding an assist to lead the Falcons to a 6-2 win over the Pointers. Haley Nielsen tallied a goal and two assists, while Carly Moran had three assists on the afternoon for the Falcons.

Hoff got the Falcon offense started early in the first period when she found the back of the net at the 4:01 mark of the period to put the Falcons up 1-0. Erica Schramel and Haley Nielsen assisted on the goal.

After the goal, the Falcon penalty killers had to go to work killing off two straight Pointer power plays, before the Falcons went on one of their own late in the period. The Falcons only yielded 4 shots on goal on the two power plays and goaltender Angie Hall stopped them all.

The first period ended with the Falcons having a 1-0 lead and out shooting the Pointers 12-9.

The second period began with the Falcons having left over power play time from the first period. 21 seconds into the period Nielsen blasted a shot to the back of the net to put the Falcons up 2-0. Schramel picked up her second assist of the afternoon on the goal.

At the 4:05 mark of the period the Falcons would be called for another penalty. This time the Pointers would take advantage of the power play and cut the Falcon lead in half at 2-1.

The Pointers would answer again just 2 minutes later at the 6:43 mark of the period when Ali Biagini would find the back of the net to tie the game at 2.

The two teams would exchange power plays at the halfway point of the period, but during the Pointers' power play they would be called for a penalty, leading to some 4 on 4 hockey and giving the Falcons an abbreviated power play just after the 11 minute mark in the period. The Falcons would need all of 8 seconds of the man advantage when Hailey Herdine found the back of the net to put the Falcons up 3-2. She was assisted on the goal by Hoff and Carly Moran.

After the Falcons took the 1 goal lead, they would have consecutive penalties called on them. The Falcons were able to kill off the first penalty, but on the second one they went on the offensive.

Hoff would score a short-handed goal to put the Falcons up 4-2. The goal was her second of the game and she was assisted on the goal by Moran and Nielsen.

The Falcons would kill off the rest of the penalty and the second period ended with the Falcons keeping their 2 goal lead.

Hoff and the Falcons would put the game out of reach on a pair of Hoff's goals in the third period.

Hoff's first goal came just over the 5-minute mark of the period to put the Falcons up 5-2, and earn her first career hat trick as a Falcon. Hoff was not done with just a hat trick, she scored her fourth goal of the game to put the Falcons up 6-2.

Hoff with 4 goals and an assist had 5 points in the game for the Falcons. Moran added 3 assists and Nielsen added a goal and two assists.

Hall made 19 saves in net for the Falcons for the win.

On Friday, Jan. 19, the Falcons would control the game throughout and out shoot the Pointers 55-10, but neither team could find the back of the net even after a five-minute overtime and the game ended in a 0-0 tie. Angie Hall made 10 saves in net for the Falcons to secure the tie with her second shutout in her last three games.

The Falcons return home Friday, Jan. 26 to take on another conference opponent when they host UW-Superior at 7:05 p.m. at Hunt Arena

The UW-River Falls women's hockey traveled to Stevens Point, Wisconsin to face off in the first game of a two game weekend series against conference rival UW-Stevens Point on Friday evening. The Falcons would control the game throughout and out shoot the Pointers 55-10, but neither team could find the back of the net even after a five minute overtime and the game ended in a 0-0 tie. Hall made 10 saves in net for the Falcons to secure the tie with her second shutout in her last three games.

Women's basketball wins in overtime

The UW-River Falls women's basketball team (14-3, 5-1 WIAC) picked up a high scoring overtime 94-89 win over UW-Stout (7-10, 0-6 WIAC) on the road Saturday, Jan. 20 at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie.

The Falcons got on the board first and maintained a lead through the first half of the game.

Taylor Karge finished the first quarter with a three-point shot that gave the Falcons a six-point lead.

The Falcons started the second with and eight point lead but the Blue Devils tied it up 26-26 with just over two minutes remaining after a 13 point run.

A layup by Jaycie Gerding propelled the Falcons to a six point lead that would give them a 32-28 lead at the halftime break.

In the third the Falcons put up 27 points and extended their lead to as much as 15 at the end of the quarter.

The Blue Devils came back from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game up 74-74 with 2:49 left to play.

The two teams traded points for the next two minutes and the game tied up five times.

Crystal Pearson scored seven points in the final minute and a half. She hit a layup with 36 seconds left to tie it up 79-79. With eight seconds remaining she drove in to tie it 81-81 and then forced overtime play when she made a layup with three seconds remaining to tie it up 83-83.

The two teams traded shots to start the overtime period. At the 1:07 mark, Liljander hit a three and Taylor Paulsrud stole the ball to give the Falcons possession at the fifty second mark.

Liljander was fouled twice and extended the Falcon lead to five.

The Blue Devils stayed in contention making a layup with 10 seconds remaining.

Paulsrud was fouled and made her two free throws to give the Falcons the 94-89 lead.

The Falcons finish out the first half of the WIAC season when they host UW-Eau Claire at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Page Arena.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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