By Colin Marklowitz —
The University of Wisconsin–Stout men’s hockey team kicked off the 2014 season on the road, falling 6-2 against the Lake Forest College Foresters on Saturday, Nov. 1. Lake Forest scored two goals in the first, three in the second and one in the third period.
Both of Stout’s goals came in the second period. Riley Colvard (So, Centerville, Minn.) and Shayne McLaughlin (So, Eau Claire, Wis.) each scored a goal for the Blue Devils, as Jordan Stejskal (Fr, Cohasset, Minn.), Tyler Cayemberg (So, East Troy, Wis.), Derek Sand (So, West Fargo, N.D.) and Joey Haydock (So, Junction City, Wis.) each had an assist on the night.
Stout will stay on the road for games against Hamline University on Nov. 7 and Gustavus Adolphus College on Nov. 8 before kicking off a four-game home stand with a match-up against Augsburg College on Friday, Nov. 14 at the Dunn County Ice Arena.
Stout’s soccer team got a big boost in the regular season finale from Addy Maher (Jr, Racine, Wis.), who scored her first goal of the season to lead the Blue Devils to a 1-0 victory over University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Maher scored unassisted in the 34th minute. Stout goalie Paige Meyer (Jr, Beldenville, Wis.) turned in a stellar afternoon, stopping eight shots on goal. With the win, the Blue Devils earned a spot in the WIAC Soccer Championship, facing off against University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
With her 1000th and 1001st kills of her career, Morgan Denny (Sr, Luck, Wis.) led Stout to a 3-0 win over University of Wisconsin–La Crosse in the regular season finale. With the win, the Blue Devils improved their record to 20-9, the most victories by a Stout squad since 2004. Denny had 10 kills on the night while Karley Wiensch (Sr, Chippewa Falls, Wis.) recorded three service aces and Molly Brion (Jr, Cameron, Wis.) added nine kills of her own. Laura Reiter (Jr, Lino Lakes, Minn.) recorded eight kills as well for Stout.
The Blue Devils competed in the quarterfinals of the WIAC Championships on Tuesday, Nov. 4. To see how Stout did, check out Stoutonia.com for the postgame wrap-up.
Despite the Blue Devils holding a 17-13 lead for most of the second half, a touchdown by University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire with under four minutes to go gave the Blugolds a 20-17 victory over Stout.
The Blue Devil defense turned in a strong outing, as Grant Miller (So, Pleasonton, Calif.) and James Van Thiel (So, Hilbert, Wis.) both had an interception in the game. It was each player’s second interception on the season. Van Thiel’s interception in the third quarter turned into points for the Blue Devils when he had the ball forced out on the return, where it rolled into the end zone. Lineman Garrett Eide (So, Blair, Wis.) quickly fell on the ball for the touchdown, giving Stout a 17-13 advantage.
Van Thiel was also the team’s leader in tackles with 10, all solo. Senior defensive end Jamie Rohrig (Sr, Owatonna, Minn.) had a sack on the day for the Blue Devils. Stout held Eau Claire to only five rushing yards on the day, despite 27 rushing attempts.
Offensively, Stout struggled to sustain drives, as the team controlled the ball for only 24:42, compared to 35:18 for Eau Claire. The Blue Devils also struggled to convert third downs, going just four of 14 in third down conversions.
Tanner Kuehn (Sr, Fairchild, Wis.) led the way on the ground for Stout, with 55 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while also catching six passes for 42 yards. Receiver Cody Rosemeyer (Sr, Gilman, Wis.) turned in a solid afternoon, with two grabs for 77 yards, including a 36-yarder in the first quarter that set up Taylor Pahl’s (Fr, Hortonville, Wis.) 39-yard field goal and a 41-yarder in the second to set up Kuehn’s short touchdown run.
The Blue Devils, still looking for their first conference win of the season, will close out the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, Nov. 8 as they take on the Falcons of University of Wisconsin–River Falls. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.