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College hockey roundup: Saints men fall in Madsen's coaching debut

The Tim Madsen era at St. Scholastica got off to a disappointing start Friday as the Saints men's hockey team opened the 2018-19 season with a 4-3 overtime loss to Aurora in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play in Rockford, Ill.

Carson Rose gave the Saints a 3-1 lead at 13:08 of the third quarter, but Aurora tied the game with two goals in the final 2:17 of regulation.

Aurora's Connor Chilton tied the game with 27 seconds left to force overtime and Larry Jungwirth scored the game-winner 2:14 into the extra period.

Forbes Ploszaj made 23 saves for the Saints, who finished just 1-for-6 on the power play. Aurora (2-1 overall, 1-0 NCHA) took seven penalties for 22 minutes compared to the three for six minutes CSS took.

Josh Boyko stopped 27 shots for Aurora.

Madsen was hired in May to replace Mark Wick as coach of the Saints men's hockey program. Madsen was previously the head coach of the Cloquet-based Minnesota Wilderness of the Tier II junior North American Hockey League.

The Saints are at Lake Forest for a 4 p.m. NCHA contest today.

Augsburg 3, UW-Superior 1

Liam Blais scored the Yellowjackets' lone goal and A.J. Smith made 28 saves on 31 shots as UWS dropped the nonconference contest in Minneapolis.

Superior (1-1-1) and Augsburg (3-0-0) combined for 16 penalties spanning 67 penalty minutes, though there were only nine power plays. The Yellowjackets were 0-for-3 and Augsburg was 1-for-6.

The Yellowjackets play Concordia at 2 p.m. today in Moorhead.

WOMEN

St. Scholastica 3, Marian 0

Lexi Thomeczek made 28 saves on 28 shots for the Saints (2-0-1, 1-0) in their NCHA and home opener Friday.

Thomeczek made 12 saves in the third period to preserve the win after Amber Tilander and Kayla Kasel scored in the second period. Alexia Klaas added an empty-net goal with 1:04 remaining in regulation.

The Saints close out their conference series against Marian (0-3, 0-1) at 4 p.m. today at Mars Lakeview Arena.

St. Catherine 5, UW-Superior 2

The Yellowjackets gave up four goals in the third period to fall to 0-3 on the season.

Molly Shelton gave UWS a 1-0 lead in the first period and Mandy Tomlinson scored on the power play 1:31 into the second period to give the Yellowjackets a 2-1 lead.

Superior goaltender Catherine Johnson, who started her college career at Minnesota Duluth, made 23 saves on 28 shots.