The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 21, 2009

Gustavus tops Wis.-Stout in OT

Gusties to play for national title today

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — When starting goaltender Matthew Lopes was taken out of Friday’s NCAA Division III semifinal game with an injury, the Gustavus Adolphus men’s hockey team knew it had a more-than-capable backup.

Actually, Josh Swartout isn’t really a backup.

The sophomore started 15 games this season and was more than ready to step in, as he led the Gusties to a 3-2 overtime victory over second-ranked Wisconsin-Stout to advance to its first national-championship game.

“I was extremely nervous when coach told me I was going in,” Swartout said.

But coach Brett Petersen wasn’t, even with a precarious 2-1 lead at the time.

“Josh is an all-conference goaltender,” Petersen said. “He steps in in a tough, tough position and handles it admirably and then some.”

After giving up a third-period goal, Swartout held down the fort, making 14 saves in the third period and overtime until Patrick Dynan netted the game-winning goal at 6:31 of the extra period. Dynan’s score was redemption from a wide shot he had missed on a shift earlier.

“All I was thinking was, ‘Get this one on net,’” said Dynan, who scored two goals in the game.

The game wasn’t all action, all the time, however.

The only statistics either team could muster in the first period were penalties. The 15th-ranked Gusties and Blue Devils combined for nine penalties and no goals in the frame. Both teams had good scoring chances, but couldn’t finish.

“I thought as the game went on the intensity improved,” Stout coach Terry Watkins said.

The Dynan brothers line — Patrick, Casey and Rory — put the Gusties on the board first at 5:32 of the second period when Patrick Dynan sneaked the puck inside the right post off a pass Rory Dynan. Casey Dynan also assisted.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Latest auto racing news
Featured Ads
Live Moondogs coverage
Shane Frederick's Twitter updates
Chad Courrier's Sports Report
Latest NCAA basketball news
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Byron Scott Reportedly New Head Coach Of Los Angeles Lakers - @TheBuzzeronFox SportsNite: Botched play Gruden: Full-speed practices key for fundamentals Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France College Football Playoff Prognosis: Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Football Playoff Prognosis: Nebraska Cornhuskers Jake Peavy traded from Red Sox to Giants Browns wants Johnny Football to buckle down How Losing Joe Bergeron Affects Texas What will Pierzynski bring to St. Louis? Cristiano Ronaldo -- TEAMING UP WITH LIL WAYNE ... Rapper Starting Sports Management Biz McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve World Cup Hero Mario Gotze -- HALF-NAKED MUD BATH ... With Hot Model GF RG3 answers critics, grateful for coaches' support