Men’s hockey team gets sweep of Eastern Michigan, 2-0, 6-2

Andrew Nickerson

Freshman goaltender Ross Patrick made the saves for the ISU men’s hockey team and junior forward Scott Hagen provided the scoring in a two-game sweep of Eastern Michigan this weekend.

Patrick recorded 56 total saves and Hagen scored three goals during the weekend as ISU defeated Eastern Michigan 2-0 Friday night and 6-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena. With the weekend sweep, the Cyclones are 5-3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League.

“I would have to say that the star of the weekend was Ross Patrick in net,” head coach Al Murdoch said. “He played really well. [He] got a shutout on Saturday night, and that’s huge in college hockey. He really set the tone in Sunday’s game.”

Patrick said the defense played better in Saturday’s contest than in the Friday night game.

“They’ve been helping me out a little bit more,” Patrick said. “It just seemed like our defense was under control on Saturday.”

In Saturday’s game, Eastern Michigan got on the board first in the first period. The Cyclones came back when Hagen tied the game with 7:33 remaining in the first period. Linemates Travis Fast and Mike Moren assisted on the play.

Junior Travis Denzel put the Cyclones up for good later in the period as he was assisted by Fast and Hagen. Hagen said his linemates have been doing a good job playing with each other.

“Me and my linemates [Denzel, Fast, Moren and sophomore Tim O’Shea], we seem to gel pretty well,” Hagen said. “The whole line was playing pretty well on Saturday.”

In the second period, ISU took advantage of a couple of Eastern Michigan penalties and scored two goals in the period.

Hagen picked up a loose puck to score the first goal and Fast received a feed from Tom Bass to make it 4-1. Eastern Michigan would add one late in the second period.

Moren and freshman Rob Tauer tallied goals in the third period for the Cyclones.

The team will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., Friday to participate in the first-ever American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I Showcase.