The Austin Packers boys’ hockey team played host to the Rockets of Rochester John Marshall Tuesday evening at Riverside Arena, and JM busted the game wide open with a seven-goal second period on their way to an 11-4 win.
Austin took a 1-0 lead when Garrett Schaefer scored at the 10:05 mark of the 1st period, with assists to Nick Dunlap and Cal Fox, but JM tied the game at 12:15 on a goal by Carson Mueller, the first of two he would score in the game. Sam Eagen gave the Rockets their first lead at 2-1 with a goal only 1:09 later, but the Packers’ Bubba Gruenwald tied the contest at 2 with a goal at 15:40, with an assist to Blaine Krueger.
Teejay Tormgrimson scored the first of his three goals in the game at 6:34 of the second period to start the seven goal deluge, and Aki Oura tallied the first of six power-play goals in the game for JM soon afterward at 7:41 to increase the lead to 4-2. Torgrimson scored again just :12 late to increase the John Marshall lead to 5-2, and three more unanswered goals boosted the Rockets’ lead to 8-2 before Garrett Schaefer scored short-handed for the Packers at 16:09 to make the score 8-3. Eagen scored again, though, on the power play with only :10 left in the second to give JM a 9-3 lead at the end of two.
John Marshall increased their lead to 10-3 with a goal at 6:40 before Schaefer completed the hat trick for Austin with a power play goal at 11:33, with an assist to Nick Dunlap. Torgrimson’s third goal of the game at 13:45 made the final 11-4.
Sam Eyre faced 46 shots and made 35 saves in the net for Austin, while Carson Arthur faced 22 shots and turned aside 18 of them for the win. Austin was 1 for 3 on the power play, while John Marshall was 6 for 8. Austin was penalized six times in the game for 15 minutes, while the Rockets were whistled for four penalties for eight minutes. The Packers are now 0-10 in the Big 9 Conference and 1-15 overall on the season, and their next game will be at Graham Arena in Rochester Thursday night versus the Mayo Spartans, with face-off at 7:15 p.m.