Saturday, February 26, 2011

Gustavus wins another OT thriller

Pat Christman photo
It was a year ago that Gustavus and Augsburg played the longest game in Division III college-hockey history, with the Gusties eking out a four-overtime victory in the MIAC men's semifinals.

There was some deja vu on Friday night when the two teams played in the first round of the tournament at the Don Roberts Ice Rink in St. Peter. Again, they were tied after regulation, as well as after one overtime. This time, however, the game ended early in the second OT, as freshman Zach May scored just about a minute in to give Gustavus a 4-3 victory.

The Gusties outshot the Auggies 59-28, including a 15-5 advantage in the first overtime. Augsburg goalie Justin Lochner made 55 saves. Josh Swartout (pictured), though, got the win, stopping 25 shots.

The Gusties have a quick turnaround. They will play Hamline, the MIAC's regular-season champ at 2 p.m. today (Saturday) in St. Paul in the conference semifinals. The two teams split their series earlier this season.

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