FREMONT, Neb. – In a matchup of the top two teams in the North American Intercollegiate Hockey Association (NAIHA), Midland University took advantage of home ice and swept Lindenwood University-Belleville this weekend. The Warriors defeated the Lynx 6-2 on Friday night and then won 7-2 on Saturday afternoon at Sidner Ice Arena. Midland is now 7-0-0-0 (14 points) on the season while Lindenwood-Belleville is 5-2-0-1 (11 points).
Jesse Stepp started the scoring quickly in the opener, taking a pass from Drew Carriere and Kevin Finley and pushing it past the Lynx goalie just 49 second into the game. Carriere would score a goal of his own later in the period to put Midland up 2-0 at the first intermission. Luke Sanko and Colton Jones assisted on the second goal of the night.
In the second period the Lynx cut into the lead with their first goal at the 2:08 mark. That would be the closest they would get one the night and weekend as Midland scored four unanswered in the period and never looked back. Carriere scored his second of the night at the 5:22 mark, assisted by Jones and Sanko.
Sanko scored his first goal of the weekend next at the 6:24 mark of the second off an assist from Carriere and Jones. Then Trevor Hillman scored back to back goals at the 9:33 and the 16:37 marks of the period. Jake Mullendore and Zach Voss assisted on the first of Hillman’s scores while Sanko and Jones added helpers on the second.
In the third period Lindenwood-Belleville scored a late goal on goalie Sean Kelley of the Warriors at the 17:14 mark to end the scoring. Kelley earned the win, his second of the year, while stopping 28 shots.
On Saturday the Warriors got things going when Phil Liakakos put home a goal at the 6:26 mark off of assists by Carriere and Hillman. Voss and Sanko both scored in the first period as well, at the 9:48 and 17:42 marks. Mullendore and Blake Neumann assisted Voss while Carriere aided Sanko.
Carriere, who finished the weekend with seven total points, capped off his weekend with a goal in the second. Sanko and Stepp assisted. Also in the second period, Brendan Maas scored his first goal of the season at the 12:06 point off an assist from Jason Henry.
The Lynx would get their first of two goals on the afternoon 32 seconds before the end of the second period. Their other goal came in the third with 9:28 remaining in the game.
In the third for the Warriors it was Mullendore lighting the lamp 3:18 in to the period, and then Henry scoring his first goal of the season off a pass from Cy Jenson at the 15:19 mark.
Kelley was in between the pipes once again for Midland and earned the win. He had 26 saves on Saturday and is not 3-0 on the year as a starter.
Up next for Midland (7-0-0-0) is a road trip to Southfield, Michigan to take on Lawrence Tech (1-2-0-1, 1-1-0-0 NAIHA). Puck drop is set for 5:30 p.m. Central on both Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 at Southfield Sports Arena.