The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point men’s hockey team swept UW-Stout in a home and home series.
The team traveled to UW-Stout on Feb. 6, winning 6-0. UWSP outshot the Blue Devils 55-22, as forwards Garrett Ladd and Kyle Sharkey each scored two goals. In net, goaltender Brandon Jaeger recorded his fourth shutout of the year.
The following night in Stevens Point, the team fought back to win 3-2 in overtime. Down 2-0 in the third period, forwards Joe Kalisz and Eliot Grauer each scored to tie the game. Forty-seven seconds into the extra period, UWSP won, courtesy of forward Lawrence Cornellier as he scored his seventh goal of the year.
The third ranked Pointers are currently 17-4, with a 8-1 record in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and will travel to UW-Eau Claire for a series Feb. 13 to 14.
Ranked number eight in the nation, the women’s hockey team recently took two wins.
The Pointers defeated UW-Eau Claire 4-0, as forwards Hannah Smith, Shauna Bollinger, Meredith Ingbretson, Ali Biagni and defenseman Menotti all scored. Goaltender Janna Beilke-Skoug remains hot in net as she added a third shutout to the season.
The team’s next win was against fifth-ranked Adrian College, who came to the game undefeated. The Pointers won with a final score of 2-1. Smith once again led the way offensively as she scored the game winning shot in the third period, while forward Kat Nejedlo also scored. Beilke-Skoug made 22 saves.
The Pointers sit with a 15-6-2 record as the team prepares for its final regular season games against UW-Superior Feb.13 to 14 at home.
The Pointers men’s basketball team defeated conference rivals UW-River Falls and UW-Platteville.
Against UW-River Falls, the Pointers won 63-40. This was the third game the Pointers held an opponent to under 44 points. Forward Alex Richard led the way as he scored a game-high 17 points, while forward Joe Ritchay tallied 16 points, and guard Sean McGann added 12 points off the bench.
At UW-Platteville, UWSP won 67-55 as Ritchay led the offense with 18 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double. Guards Austin Ryf and Stephen Pelkofer each scored double digits, with Ryf tallying 14 points including three three-pointers, and Pelkofer scored 13 points.
The women’s basketball team’s unpredictable season continues.
The Pointers defeated UW-River Falls on the road 45-38, as the defense held the Falcons to 18.6 percent shooting in the game. The offense was led by forward Joann Wolfenberg, who scored a team-high 13 points.
Despite another big day from guard Lauren Anklam, who scored 20 points, the Pointers fell 72-69 to UW-Platteville in the Play4Kay game in Berg Gym. The final minute loss was tough for the Pointers, who have an 11-11 record and 6-7 in the WIAC, with three games left before the WIAC Tournament.
Track and Field
The women’s and men’s track and field teams competed at home in the 2015 Pointer Invitational and Multi Event.
The women’s team took first as a result of career days from seven Pointers. Abby Clement had a season best time of 7.90 in the 60-meter dash and 26.13 in 200-meter run, while Jacklyn Butler won the 60-meter hurdles, with her personal record of 9.27.
Shannon Burke won the pole vault, tying her personal record of 3.68 meters, and Stormy Gerndt won the high jump with a personal record of 1.62 meters.
Despite finishing in third, there were seven Pointers on the men’s team who set personal records. Jerry Williams set a record in the high jump by clearing 6’7’’, while Tate Yulga collected 4,187 points in the heptahlon. In the 5,000-meter run Neil Pedersen, David Hebert and Alex Gonzales finished 1-2-3 respectively, each with career best times as Hebert finished on 15:10.33 to lead the pack.