Aurora University Men’s Hockey returned on Friday, October 27th, featuring a ton of fresh faces with this new-look team that saw a double-header. Starting the season on home ice did not end quite as planned on opening day. Friday saw them take on University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Stevens Point wasted no time jumping on the Spartans and freshman goalie Jake Gwillim early, scoring in the first thirty seconds into the game. The Spartans trailed for the entire game, with their lone goal being scored by Anthony Pnewski in the third period. The game ended with a final tally of 6-1.
The following day the Spartans were back on the ice, this time against University of Wisconsin Stout, and those who were in attendance were in for an action-packed game. Stout took the early first period lead where it stayed 1-0 until about halfway through the second period where Dan Zielecki scored from the slot off the assist from Liam Stirtzinger and Anthony Pnewski. The score stayed knotted up at 1 all until the beginning of the third period when Luke Picek scored a short-handed goal just over a minute into the third period. Just over minute later, Stout tied the game, where it stayed for another 10 minutes. At 13:03 in the third period Rudolfs Kalvitis through a centering pass towards the blue paint, and it ended up in the back of the net putting the Spartans up 3-2. Soon after Stout scored, forcing the game into overtime. After a scoreless period, the game ended in a 3-3 tie, allowing the Spartans to pick up a point. After the contest Coach Bloomingburg and team were in good spirits, having been down early, and able to fight their way to an even contest. “I was very proud of the way the boys bounced back tonight after a tough loss last night. We are building things the right here, and this season we have some fresh faces mixed with some veterans, and I am excited to watch them perform this season.” The Spartans are back on home ice November 10th, against Lawrence University, puck drop at 7 pm. Come out and watch some action packed play!
Written By: Kevin Berger