Sports Briefs

Football

The UW-Eau Claire football team was defeated by the UW-Whitewater Warhawks for the second time this season. This time it was a non-conference game, but still had high implications for the Blugolds. Whitewater defeated the Blugolds 40-10 and most likely ended their playoff hopes.

The Blugolds (5-3) needed to win their final three games going into Saturday’s game and then hope to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Whitewater got on the board first with a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. Junior placekicker Craig Kolb hit a 40-yard field goal to make it 7-3. Whitewater would score two more times before the half and the teams went into half time with Whitewater leading 17-3.

Junior quarterback Kyle Paulson hit junior receiver Spencer Kehoe on a touchdown pass to get the Blugolds within seven points. That was as close as they would get. At the end of the third quarter, Whitewater led the game 27-10.

Whitewater put up 427 yards of offense while the Blugolds only managed 216. Junior running back Cory Sartorelli had a tough day as he was only able to manage 67 yards on 19 carries. But he did go over 1,000-yards rushing on the season, and is now at 1,047. Paulson was 13 for 30 passing for 120 yards. He had one touchdown pass and was intercepted three times.

The Blugolds will be back in action at 1 p.m. next Saturday. UW-Stevens Point will travel to Carson Park as the Blugolds return home. The Pointers will enter the game with a 7-1 overall record and 4-1 conference mark.

Men’s Hockey

The UW-Eau Claire men’s hockey team remained unbeaten over the weekend. The Blugolds defeated St. John’s (Minn.) Friday night on the road 3-2.

St. John’s got on the board first, but the Blugolds responded before the end of the first period. Senior DJ Clark scored his first goal of the season with an assist from junior Skylar Christoffersen.

Eau Claire scored the next two goals to take the lead 3-1. Senior Sean Garrity scored his first goal of the season and junior Joe Bluhm scored his second goal of the season.

St. John’s added a goal before the end of the second period to pull within one, but that was as close as they got. Junior goalie Tyler Brigl recorded 15 saves in his second win of the season.

Saturday night the Blugolds defeated Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) 5-4. The Cobbers jumped out to a 2-0 lead forcing the Blugolds to play from behind. Garrity scored a shorthanded goal early in the second period to cut the deficit to one.

Senior Andrew Johnson tied the game up on a power-play goal. Concordia scored after that, but senior Jesse Vesel had an answer and sent the Blugolds into the second intermission tied at three.

Senior Bryan Plaszcz put the Blugolds back in the lead at 6:08 of the third period. Senior Greg Petersen scored on a power-play to record the game-winner.

–The Spectator Staff