Yellowjackets report: UWS men's hockey ousted from WIAC playoffs

Feb. 17—One goal and one goaltender ended Wisconsin-Superior's men's hockey season on Saturday, Feb. 17 in River Falls, as Wisconsin-River Falls took a 1-0 victory in Game 2 of their Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series for a weekend sweep.

Falcons goalie Dysen Skinner shut out UWS on 29 shots, including 12 saves in both the first and third periods. UWS goaltender Jack Boschert was almost as good, making 38 stops but allowing one through: a goal from UWRF's Aidan Torres 2:25 into the third period.

Torres' goal held up as a game-winner, sending the fourth-seeded Falcons to play regular-season champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point next weekend.

UWS's season ends with five straight losses, four of them (including both in the playoff series) by one goal. The Yellowjackets finish 11-15-1.

Rose Beeman earned her third shutout of the season, all of them coming in the last two weeks, as Wisconsin-Superior women's hockey eased past Northland 4-0 at Wessman Arena in Superior to conclude the WIAC regular season.

UWS was locked into third and Northland fifth in the WIAC standings but Andrea Stelling still had a day to remember, as the senior defender scored her first goal of the season and notched a late assist for her first points since November. The Yellowjackets got goals from four players: Stelling, Ashton Parnell, Maddie Rewertz (Hibbing/Chisholm) and Jada LeBlanc.

UWS outshot Northland 51-23.

The Yellowjackets take a four-game win streak and a record of 8-16-1 (5-5-1 WIAC) into a postseason series at No. 2 Wisconsin-Eau Claire starting on Friday.

Bethany Lutheran pulled away in the second half to complete an unbeaten regular season in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference at Wisconsin-Superior's expense on Saturday, Feb. 17, defeating the Yellowjackets 87-70 in Mankato.

UWS kept it competitive in the early going, with the Vikings holding a narrow 44-40 edge at halftime, but after the break, the Yellowjackets just couldn't keep up, as a 17-5 margin over the middle of the second half allowed the league champions to go up by 13 with 8:02 to play, a lead they maintained and then some down the stretch.

Hunter Nielsen had a game-high 24 points for Bethany, while Superior High School alum Mason Ackley pulled down 15 rebounds.

UWS had four players score in double figures, led by 14 points from J'Vaun Walker. Josef Fahrenholtz scored 13, but UWS was 3-for-20 (15%) from 3-point range.

UWS (17-8, 9-5 UMAC) did still earn the second seed and a home semifinal in the UMAC tournament. The Yellowjackets will face North Central on Wednesday night in Superior by virtue of winning the season series between the two by a combined five points.

Both Elise Besonen and Charlotte Ferstl surpassed 20 points as Wisconsin-Superior dumped Bethany Lutheran 75-63 in the UMAC regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday, Feb. 17 in Mankato.

UWS already had the regular-season championship and top seed in the UMAC tournament locked down but did not give any quarter to a Bethany squad that could have extended its season (in Superior on Wednesday) with a win and help. Instead, the Yellowjackets will face North Central in a tournament semifinal on Wednesday at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.

The game was close (34-29 UWS) at the half and through three quarters (51-49 UWS), but a 9-0 run, including five points from Elsa Olson and baskets from Besonen and Ferstl, pushed the 'Jackets' advantage to an insurmountable 11 with 1:24 to play.

Besonen finished with 24 points and Ferstl 21. UWS finishes the regular season with a mark of 17-8, 13-1 in the UMAC.