MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. – The St. Thomas men's hockey team captured a 2-0 shutout win over Saint John's on Friday night at St. Thomas Ice Arena. The Tommies scored both goals in the final 10 minutes of play to walk away with the win. They now improve to 9-5-4 overall and 7-1-1 in the MIAC, while the Johnnies drop to 10-7-3 overall and 5-4-2 in league play.
The two teams skated to a scoreless tie through the first 40 minutes. Saint John's came out aggressive early, creating chances and outshooting the Tommies 13-11 in the first period. But St. Thomas flipped the script in the second, boosting its energy and doubling up the Johnnies in shots, 15-7.
The Tommies got the bounce they were looking for midway through the third. After going 0-for-3 on the power play, St. Thomas drew a fourth penalty with 9:48 gone in the period. With just 10 seconds remaining with the advantage, the Tommies found the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead.
Senior Chris Benson fired a shot from just inside the right dot, which glanced off the pad of Saint John's goalie Tyler Nelson right to a waiting Michael Dockry, who put it home to score the go-ahead goal.
The Johnnies had a good opportunity with less than three minutes remaining with Broydon Stufko was tagged for slashing. But instead, it turned into a near chance for the Tommies. With two minutes remaining, Charlie Donlin had a chance for a shorthanded goal, but a nice recovery from the Johnnie defense stifled the rush.
After killing off the penalty, the Tommies put the icing on the cake with an empty net goal by Thomas Williams with just 12 seconds remaining.
For the game, the Tommies outshot Saint John's 35-24 and connected on 1-of-4 power play chances. They also killed off all three Johnnie power plays.
In net, Ben Myers recorded the shutout in a 24-save effort to improve to 8-3-3 on the year. Nelson suffered the loss for the Johnnies, allowing just one goal to go along with 33 saves.
These two teams will battle again tomorrow night at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. That game is set for a 7:00 pm puck drop.