Eau Claire (WQOW) -- For the first time in program history, the UW-Eau Claire men's hockey team wins an NCAA game, topping St. Johns 4-2 at Hobbs Ice Center Wednesday night.
St. Johns scored the game's first goal, but UWEC answered back with a Kurt Weston power play goal at the 13:20 mark in the 1st period. The score would remain tied at 1-1 until Tobias Linbro knocked a rebound past NCHA player of the year Brandon Stephenson to give the Johnnies a 2-1 lead.
But from there, the Blugolds took over. UW-Eau Claire would score three goals in just over three minutes of ice time to establish a 4-2 lead. Weston scored his second goal, with Devin Mantha and Isaiah Bennis chipping in a goal apiece.
"This time it was scoring by different guys, you know, Devin and Bennis, and getting goals from our depth guys is always a nice feeling," says UW-Eau Claire head coach Matt Loen.
"It's just been really fun this year, and for it to pay off," says senior forward Andrew McCabe. "We've worked so hard and we feel like we have a team, we have a really special group of guys, a real close group of guys, and we're real excited to see how far we can go"
The first round win advances UW-Eau Claire to an NCAA Quarterfinals match up with St. Norbert on Saturday, March 9th. The Blugolds were 2-1-1 against the Green Knights this season.
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