Pointers Close Out First Half of Season Still Unbeaten

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- The No. 1-ranked UW-Stevens Point men's hockey team (13-0-2, 2-0-0) defeated the Lawrence Vikings (4-10-0, 2-5-0) on Tuesday, 4-1.

Junior Austin Kelly (Toledo, Ohio) scored 19 seconds into the game, sending teddy bears onto the ice for the team's annual Teddy Bear Toss. Junior Brennen Miller (Keller, Texas) and senior B.J. Duffin (Red Deer, Alta.) picked up assists.

Sophomore Zach Zech (South Lyon, Mich.) doubled the Pointers' lead, tallying a goal at 13:54 of the first period off a pass from junior Kelly O'Brien (Detroit, Mich.).

Lawrence's Matt Beranek cut the lead in half, scoring a 4-on-4 goal at 2:05 of the second period.

Midway through the third, sophomore Brandon McReynolds (North Vancouver, B.C.) teamed up with fellow sophomore Steven Quagliata (Bartlett, Ill.) to score the third Pointers' goal of the night.

At 16:10 of the third, junior Danny Kiraly (Glendale, Ariz.) scored an insurance goal for the Pointers, increasing the lead to 4-1. McReynolds added an assist.

Sophomore Connor Ryckman (Minesing, Ont.) started the game, playing the first period, making two saves to earn the win and improve to 13-0-1. Freshman Eli Billing (Windsor, Ont.) came into the close the game, playing the final two periods, making seven saves. Vikings' goaltender Evan Cline took the loss, making 39 saves.

The Pointers are back in action on Jan. 4 at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.