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Falcon Roundup: Women skate to fifth straight WIAC title

Women skate to fifth straight WIAC title

A 2-2 tie with UW-Eau Claire was good enough to give the fifth-ranked UW-River Falls women's hockey team its fifth straight WIAC regular season championship Saturday, Feb. 10, at Hunt Arena.

Maddy Illikainen and Carly Moran accounted for the Falcons goals, each time giving UWRF a one-goal lead, but the Blugolds were able to answer each time. Falcon goalie Angie Hall came up with some big saves late in the third period and overtime as UWRF clinched the regular season conference crown with a record of 5-1-2 (17-4-3 overall). UWEC finished second at 3-3-2 in conference play (14-6-4 overall).

Hall finished with 23 saves as the Falcons outshot the Blugolds, 28-25.

Earlier in the week, Kora Torkelson, Jessie Anderson and Callie Hoff had a goal apiece and Hall made 12 saves in a 3-1 nonconference win over St. Scholastica. The Falcons outshot the Saints, 51-13.

UWRF will wrap up the regular season with a rematch at UW-Eau Claire Saturday, Feb. 17.

Men's hockey wins, ties

Eddie Matsushima's hat trick led the Falcon men's hockey team to a 4-1 victory over UW-Superior Thursday, Feb. 8, before the Falcons played to a 2-2 home tie with UW-Stout Saturday, Feb. 10, in the final two games of the regular season.

Thursday's win at Superior was UWRF's first WIAC win of the season and sets up a rematch with the Yellowjackets in a two-game series in the WIAC Tournament this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, in Superior. UWRF ended the regular season with a record of 1-6-1 in conference play, 7-15-3 overall.

Superior (2-5-1, 9-14-2) took a 1-0 lead Thursday night before the Falcons scored four unanswered goals to earn the win.

Matsushima scored his first two goals of the game three minutes apart in the second period to give UWRF the lead for good before Thomas Clayton tallied a goal with 6:50 remaining in the second to extend the Falcons' lead to 3-1. Matsushima scored his third goal 48 seconds into the third period for his first career hat trick.

Joe Druplak and Cayden Cahill had a goal each in Saturday's 2-2 tie with Stout (3-4-1, 6-15-3).

Women's hoops splits

The UWRF women's basketball team split a pair of WIAC games last week, beating UW-Stout, 93-65, Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Page Arena before losing at 17th-ranked UW-Whitewater , 83-72, Saturday, Feb. 10.

The Falcons are currently tied with UW-Stevens Point for the No. 5 seed in the WIAC Tournament with two games remaining, both at 6-6. UWRF (15-8 overall) will wrap up the regular season Wednesday, Feb. 14, at UW-Eau Claire (8-4, 16-7) and Saturday, Feb. 17, at home against UW-Platteville (2-10, 7-16) at 3 p.m.

Taylor Karge finished one rebound short of a double-double with 28 points and nine rebounds in the Falcons' win at Stout while Brynn Liljander scored 24 points and Jaycie Gerding had 13.

Liljander scored 23 points Saturday at Whitewater, Karge had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Taylor Paulsrud added 13 points but it wasn't enough in an 11-point loss to the Warhawks.

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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