First game of the WIAC semis goes to No. 3 Wisconsin-Stevens Point
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Eliot Grauer broke a 2-2 tie by scoring the final two goals of the game to lead third-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point to a 4-2 win against ninth-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Game One of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinals on Friday night at K.B. Willett Arena.
UW-Stevens Point (20-4-2) and UW-Eau Claire (17-8-1) were tied 2-2 after a four-goal first period but Grauer scored once in the second and once in the third period to supply the rest of the scoring. Brandon Jaeger made 30 saves in net for the Pointers and shutout the Blugolds during the final 40 minutes of the game.
Grauer's first goal of the night came at 14:01 of the second period and was assisted by Nick D'Avolio and Tyler Krueger. The goal came on the power play, the third power-play goal of the night for UW-Stevens Point.
At 11:12 of the third period, Grauer gave UWSP a two-goal advantage with an even-strength goal from Drew Graves and D'Avolio. Grauer's two goals matched his goal output from his first seven games this season.
In the first period, the Pointers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 7:10 of the game behind power-play goals from Kyle Sharkey and Joe Kalisz. Garrett Ladd and Krueger assisted on Sharkey's opener, while Sharkey and Kevin Gibson picked up helpers on Kalisz's goal.
The Blugolds responded with a pair of goals late in the opening period to level matters going into the second period. Mark Pustin scored on the power play at 16:34 before Ross Andersen tied the score at 2-2 with nine seconds left in the first period.
UW-Stevens Point outshot UW-Eau Claire 36-32 in the game, led by four shots each by Ladd and Sharkey. Tyler Green made 32 saves in net for the Blugolds.
UWEC was 1-5 on the power play in the game, while UWSP capitalized on 3-of-5 opportunities with the man advantage.
The Pointers and Blugolds conclude the semifinal series on Saturday at K.B. Willett Arena.