FAIRBANKS — Jon Waggoner, a former Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Lathrop High School skater, assisted on the game-winning goal for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in its 5-3 national championship victory over Oswego State on Saturday in the NCAA Division III Frozen Four in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Waggoner, a junior left wing, is among six former Ice Dogs for the Blugolds, whose title run capped a
Senior defenseman Drew Darwitz assisted on Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s first goal and game-tying score in the opening period.
Along with Waggoner and Darwitz, the other former Ice Dogs for Wisconsin-Eau Claire are senior center Andrew McCabe, sophomore defenseman Jack Callahan, senior left wing Isiah Bennis and junior forward Mark Pustin.
Pustin didn’t play Saturday. McCabe had two shots and plus-minus rating of
-2, and Callahan and Bennis had no shots and plus-minus ratings each of -1.
Waggoner had the initial assist on senior center Devin Mantha’s game-winner at 7:20 of the third period, giving the Blugolds a 4-2 lead. Senior left wing Kurt Weston added an empty-net goal with 59 seconds left to seal the title.
Darwitz provided initial assists for senior left wing Jordan Singer’s power-play effort at 14:25 of the first and senior right wing Andrew Wilcox’s marker that tied the game at 2 at 19:07 of the period.
Junior center Daniel Olszewski scored in the second period and senior goaltender Brandon Stephenson recorded 27 saves for the Blugolds.
Sophomore defenseman Bobby Gertsakis scored twice, senior right wing Chris Muise had a first-period goal and senior Andrew Hare made 20 saves for the 25-5-0 Lakers of New York.
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