MILWAUKEE – The MSOE hockey team scored three times in the final eight minutes of regulation to overtake UW-River Falls and hand the visitors a 3-1 defeat Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (2-0) outshot the Falcons (0-2) 44-27 in the game, but could not crack the UWRF defense until late.
Wagner leveled the game with 7:47 remaining, netting a power play goal on a rebound. He had started the play from behind the red line, finding freshman Will Gauthier on the near wing. Gauthier's shot was saved, but Wagner swooped in to deposit the rebound into the goal.
Just minutes later, senior James Ring won a face-off in the attacking zone, sending the puck towards the blue line and sophomore Zack Davis. Davis played a pass across to Simpson, who drifted into the opposite face-off circle and sniped a wrist shot past the goal at 15:01 of the period.
That goal would go down as the game-winner, but the defense had to come up big one more time.
Consecutive penalties gave River Falls a 5-on-3 power play for 52 seconds with 3:05 remaining in regulation. Davis, Gintoli, and senior Clint Garris then killed off the first 46 seconds before a line change. The Raiders escaped damage with just over a minute to play.
The Falcons pulled their goalie with 57 seconds remaining and freshman Nate Rogers forced a loose puck in the neutral zone. Gintoli then got in behind the defense and scored an empty-net goal to ice the game at 3-1 with 49 seconds remaining.
It was a physical game with a combined 18 power plays and 72 penalty minutes. Each team converted with the man advantage once. Zach Quinn made 41 saves for River Falls.
The Raiders return to action next weekend with the start of league play. They hit the road to play at Finlandia Friday and St. Norbert Saturday.