WINONA, Minn. – One night after a wild 6-5 overtime win, the St. Thomas men's hockey team jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but could not hold on a 2-1 loss to Saint Mary's University on Saturday night at Saint Mary's Ice Arena.
With the loss, the Tommies fall to 7-4-3 overall and 6-1-1 in the MIAC, while the Cardinals improve to 8-5-2 overall and 5-3-0 in league play.
St. Thomas jumped out to an early 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Sophomore Cullen Willox received an assist from senior Thomas Williams to bury his fifth goal of the year at the 12:26 mark.
Saint Mary's answered less than a minute later when Martin Gruse finished off assists from Bob Kinne and Jay Heinle to tie the score in the 14th minute. From there, the two teams went to the first intermission tied 1-1.
After putting up a hat trick last night, Bob Kinne struck again in the second period on Saturday night, scoring at the 11:40 mark thanks to an assist from Jay Heinle.
Kinne's goal proved to be the game-winner. Despite an 11-5 shot advantage in the second frame, the Tommies could not come up with the necessary game-tying goal, and they surrendered the 2-1 loss.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 14-4 shot advantage in the first period and carried that positive note over to capture a slight 31-25 edge for the game. Each team was scoreless on the power play, St. Thomas in three chances, and Saint Mary's in six.
In goal, sophomore Ben Myers tallied 29 saves in the loss. He moves to 6-2-1 on the season, while Aaron Davis stopped 24 of 25 shots on net for the Cardinals in his third win of the year.
St. Thomas will be back on the ice next Friday when it hosts UW-Stout at St. Thomas Ice Arena. That game is set for a 7:30 pm puck drop.