The 2016-17 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) men's hockey team went 7-1 to win the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Title. (UWSP Athletics photo)
The 2016-17 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) men's hockey team went 7-1 to win the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Title. (UWSP Athletics photo)

The fourth-ranked UWSP men’s hockey team (18-4-3, 7-1) clinched the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Regular Season Title with a 4-1 win at seventh-ranked UW-Eau Claire (16-7-3, 5-4) Saturday, Feb. l1.

Junior Willem Nong-Lambert scored on assists from freshman Logan Fredericks and sophomore Tanner Karty to give the Pointers a 1-0 lead at the 17:33 mark of the first period, while Eau Claire scored a power-play goal 1:33 into the second period to tie the game at 1-1.

Senior Lawrence Cornellier gave UWSP the lead for good with a goal on assists from seniors Jacob Baber and Kyle Sharkey at 4:19 of the second period, while sophomore Ryan Bittner scored a power-play goal on assists from Barber and freshman Drew McLean at 15:05 of the second period to make it 3-1.

Fredericks had an empty-net goal on an assist from Karty with 57 seconds remaining to close out the win, while junior Max Milosek had 22 saves.

The Pointers received the top seed in the WIAC Tournament and an opening round bye into the WIAC Semifinals, where they will host either fourth-seeded UW-Stout (11-12-2, 3-5) or fifth-seeded UW-Superior (7-16-2, 1-6-1) in a series at K.B. Willett Arena Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25.