Thunder Fall to Aurora at Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - In their return trip to Arlotta Stadium on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, Trine did not have the luck of the Irish on their side as they fell to former MLC foe Aurora, 17-3. The loss drops the Thunder to 1-4 on the season.

After a scoreless first 10 minutes, Aurora would jump out to a 2-0 lead after the first quarter. In the second, the Spartans would net a man-up goal just 10 seconds into the period as they went on to score five unanswered in the quarter.

Despite the 7-0 Aurora lead at halftime, Trine was out-shot just 17-11 in the opening half.

The Spartans would score twice more to open the third before the Thunder would finally find the back of the net. Senior Dalton Madsen (Westminster, Colo./Northglenn) scored his seventh goal of the year at 10:41 of the quarter. A minute later, Aurora would score again as they led it 10-1.

Trine did their best to make a comeback as they scored twice at the end of the third. Freshman George Youpel (Chicago Ridge, Ill./St Rita) scored his fifth of the season on a man-up opportunity. Sophomore Patrick Walker (Round Lake Park, Ill./Grayslake North) would net his second goal of the year with 2:38 left in the period on an assist from freshman Paul Carlquist (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South).

Trailing 10-3 going into the final period, the Thunder offense were unable to continue the momentum from the third as the Spartans would score seven unanswered goals in the final period of play.

For the game, Aurora out-shot the Thunder just 38-31, however 29 of their shots came on-goal compared to just 14 for Trine. The Spartans held a 52-42 groundball advantage for the afternoon. Both sides struggled with turnovers as Trine committed 30 and Aurora made 24.

In the faceoff circle, Trine held a 13-9 advantage. The Thunder also had a solid day clearing the ball as they were successful on 15 of 19 attempts while the Spartans converted on 23 of 32 chances.

Junior Rob Brzezinski (Livonia, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) led the Thunder with eight groundballs and going 9 of 17 in the faceoff circle. Freshman Chris Ward (Oak Lawn, Ill./St Rita) added six groundballs on the day while going 4 of 5 on faceoffs. Junior David Louis (Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley) led the Thunder defense with five groundballs and four caused turnovers.

In goal for Trine, sophomore Matt Lamb (Akron, Ohio/Revere) took the loss after playing most of the first three quarters and making eight saves. Fellow sophomore Austin Helm (Westfield, Ind./Westfield) played the final 19:15 between the pipes making four saves, all in the final quarter.

Trine will return to the field for their home-opener on March 23 when they host Mount Union at 2:00 p.m.


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