By Colin Marklowitz —
Augsburg College 7, UW-Stout 3
University of St. Thomas 4, UW-Stout 0
The University of Wisconsin–Stout hockey team kicked off the home portion of their schedule with a pair of losses on Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15.
Against Augsburg on Friday, the Blue Devils managed to score three goals in the third period, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the high-powered Auggies attack, when Stout fell 7-3. With over 700 fans packing the Dunn County Ice Arena, Stout fell behind 3-0 after two periods of play.
Patrick Regan (Sr, Edina, Minn.) put the Blue Devils on the board early in the final period of play off an assist by Jake Useldinger (Jr, East Grand Forks, Minn.) to cut the lead to 3-1, but Augsburg scored four more times in a five minute span for a 7-1 advantage. Stout added a pair of power play goals in the final five minutes, as Danny Ray (Jr, Grand Forks, N.D.) and Matt Millis (Sr, Black River Falls, Wis.) were able to find the back of the net. Jordan Tredinnick (Sr, Onalaska, Wis.) and Joey Haydock (So, Junction City, Wis.) both assisted on Ray’s goal and Tredinnick picked up another assist on Millis’ goal as well.
On Saturday, another large crowd of 600+ greeted the Blue Devils and team came out strong, outshooting St. Thomas 15-12 in the first period. Goalie Spencer Viele (So, Wildwood, Mo.) turned in a strong effort for Stout, saving 34 shots, including a number of extremely tough saves, but the Blue Devil offense sputtered out after the first period, getting outshot 26-11 the rest of the game. The Tommies picked up goals in each period, including two in the third with the final goal coming on an empty net after Stout pulled the goalie.
Stout will be back in action this weekend, when they host Finlandia University on Friday, Nov. 21 and Lawrence University on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Dunn County Ice Arena. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
UW-Stevens Point 31, UW-Stout 24
For the second straight week, the Blue Devils came back from more than 17 points, but this time around the comeback fell just short, as University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point scored a touchdown with less than a minute to go for a 31-24 victory.
Tanner Kuehn (Sr, Fairchild, Wis.) closed out his career on a high note, going for 122 yards and two touchdowns in his final game as a Blue Devil. Senior wide receiver Cody Rosemeyer (Gilman, Wis.) also had a big day, catching 10 passes for 91 yards.
Stout fell behind 17-0 early on, after the Pointers picked off four of Garrett Peterson’s (So, Menasha, Wis.) passes in the first half. Stout finally got on the board when Joe Hakeem (So, Woodbury, Minn.) blocked a Pointers punt and Iyen Ogbomoh (Fr, Olympia Fields, Ill.) recovered, taking it back 15-yards for the touchdown.
Kuehn’s first touchdown of the day in the third quarter brought Stout back to within three before another Stevens Point touchdown gave the Pointers a 24-14 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Freshman kicker Taylor Pahl (Hortonville, Wis.) cut the deficit to 24-17 with an 18-yard field goal at the start of the fourth and Kuehn’s second touchdown of the day, this time a 54-yard run, tied the game with less than seven minutes remaining.
After Mike Bond (Sr, Milwaukee, WIs.) intercepted a pass on the Pointer’s next drive, the Blue Devils were unable to convert a key fourth down and Stevens Point took over with 2:49 left in the game. The Pointers drove down the field, aided by a 15-yard facemask penalty and scored a touchdown with just 53 seconds left in the game.
Stout got the ball back with minimal time remaining, but a sack, an incompletion, a six yard gain and a dropped pass were the results of Stout’s final drive and the Pointers then ran out the clock to secure the victory.
St. Norbert College 64, UW-Stout 57
Carroll University 74, UW-Stout 59
Against St. Norbert, the Blue Devils were led by sophomore Jenna Goldsmith (St. Anthony, Minn.), who scored a career-high 15 points. Sarah Schoch (So, Chippewa Falls, Wis.) added 14 points for Stout, while Katelynne Folkers (Sr, Fall Creek, Wis.) chipped in a game-high 10 rebounds. The Blue Devils led only once in the second half, taking a 34-33 after a Schoch three-pointer, but St. Norbert pulled away after that, leading by as many as 15 on the way to the win.
On Sunday, the Blue Devils took an early lead against Carroll, but a 17-2 run gave the Pioneers a 25-12 lead at the 12 minute mark in the first half. Carroll would not trail again, but the Blue Devils continued to fight, drawing within four points, 45-41, early in the second half. Schoch was the Blue Devils’ leading scorer with 17 as she went 5-for-8 from three-point range. Haley Froehlich (Sr, Mondovi, Wis.) added 10 points for Stout.
Schoch was named to the all-tournament team, averaging 15.5 points over the Blue Devil’s two games.
Up next, Stout will be on the road at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, Minn. on Thursday, Nov. 20 and at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. on Friday, Nov. 21.