EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – The St. Thomas men's hockey team fell to UW- Eau Claire by the final score of 5-1 on Saturday night at Hobbs Ice Arena. With the loss, the Tommies fall to 8-5-3 on the year, while the Blugolds improve to 12-3-3 overall.
After a scoreless first period, UW-Eau Claire came out to score three unanswered goals in the second period and take a 3-0 lead to the second intermission. Jake Bress opened the game's scoring with a goal as time expired on a power play opportunity.
Two and a half minutes later, Patrick Moore followed that effort up with his 10th goal of the year to put Eau Claire on top 2-0. Jesse Tredinnick added a third goal with 8:46 remaining in the second that gave the Blugolds to 3-0 lead headed to the third.
But UW-Eau Claire answered a minute and a half later with another goal to regain the momentum. The Blugolds converted on another power play goal to add extra insurance and cap off the 5-1 win.
For the game, Eau Claire finished with a 24-22 shot advantage and converted on 2-of-4 power play chances, compared to an 0-for-2 mark for the Tommies.
Ben Myers suffered the loss for the Purple, making 19 saves in the contest and dropping to 7-3-2 on the year. Jay Deo tallied the win for the Blugolds in a 21 save effort.
St. Thomas will next take the ice at the Xcel Energy Center when it takes on UW-Stout as a part of Hockey Day in Minnesota at 1:30 pm on Saturday afternoon.