MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. - One night after falling 5-4 to Concordia College in overtime, the St. Thomas men's hockey team rebounded with an impressive performance, defeating the Cobbers 5-0 on Saturday afternoon at St. Thomas Ice Arena.
The Tommies scored four goals in the third period, including three in the final six minutes to improve to 11-6-4 overall and 9-2-1 in the MIAC. Concordia drops to 12-8-1 on the year and 6-5-1 in league play.
Despite posting an 18-7 advantage in shots on goal through the first period, St. Thomas could not find the back of the net, as the two squads went to the first intermission locked in a scoreless tie.
The Tommies got on the scoreboard early in the second when Johnny Panvica scored his fifth goal of the year just 1:08 in to give his team a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Brett Gravelle and held as the only notch on the board headed to the third and final frame.
In the third, the Tommie offense exploded to score four goals and leave no doubt in the 5-0 win. Senior Charlie Donlin got things started with a power play goal at the 7:17 mark. Panvica followed with his second of the night seven minutes later.
His goal sparked a stretch where the Purple scored three goals in a span of four minutes. Cullen Willox came next at 15:50 with a beautiful defensive play to take the puck away right in front of the Cobber net and picked out the top right corner of the goal for his seventh goal of the season. Senior Thomas Williams finished things off with less than two minutes to play when he put home his eighth goal of the year.
St. Thomas outshot the Cobbers in each period and finished with a 47-20 shot advantage. The Tommies also converted 1-of-4 power plays and held Concordia scoreless on five attempts. The success killing penalties came one night after the Cobbers went 3-for-3 with the man advantage.
In goal, Ben Myers secured the shut out win after making 20 saves to collect his 10th win of the year. His counterpart, Sam Nelson, tallied an impressive 42 saves, but allowed all five goals in the loss.
St. Thomas will now look forward to a key match up in the MIAC title race, squaring off with Augsburg College next weekend. The Tommies will be at home on Friday night before traveling to Augsburg for a Saturday night bout.