EAGLES BEST OILERS — Columbia scored a 4-2 victory over East Alton-Wood River on Monday in MVCHA action at the East Alton Ice Arena.
The winners scored three goals in the third period to break open a close game. The last goal was an empty netter in the final minute. It was 1-1 after two periods.
Nolan Royse and Jacob Vassos scored for EA-WR, with Jacob Fisher and Cole Ford logging the assists. Goalie Tyler Hamby made 33 saves, but the Oilers fell to 2-9.
“It was much better tonight from start to finish EA-WR coach John Helmkamp said Monday. “Our only downfall was being undisciplined. Other than that, we played a solid game. Tyler Hamby had a really solid game in the net.”
The Oilers are back in action tonight, when they meet Highland in an 8:45 p.m. game at the Ice Arena.
KNIGHTS DEFEAT WARRIORS — Triad skated by host Granite City, 6-1 in MVCHA play. The Warriors, who dipped to 3-8, welcome Collinsville in an 8:15 p.m. game Tuesday night.
Brenden Colvin scored their lone goal, and Darian Glenn registered the assist against Triad. The Knights peppered Granite City goalie Grant Jackson with 52 shots and he made 46 saves.
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SALUKIS TOP BILLIKENS — Edwardsville High graduate Armon Fletcher of SIUC savored a happy homecoming as the Salukis defeated Saint Louis University, 65-52, in front of 8,758 fans at Chaifetz Arena.
Fletcher, a redshirt freshman, came off the bench and scored 10 points to stir the Salukis, now 11-2. SIUC beat the Billikens in St. Louis for the first time since 2001 and dropped the Bills to 5-6.
“I thought Armon played well and he’s going to be a heck of a player for us,” SIUC coach Barry Hinson said. “I think Armon had 27 relatives in the stands and they were eager to see him play.”
Anthony Beane’s 19 points paced the Salukis, who ended the Billikens’ five-game winning streak against them. SLU leads the series 29-25.
“We recruit here and I look at this as my home,” Hinson said of St. Louis. “If we recruit here, we need to win here. We have to establish ourselves in this area, but we have to win in order to do that.”
COUGARS BOW TO USC — Freshman Carlos Anderson of Alton scored 10 points, but SIUE suffered a 70-51 setback to Southern California in Los Angeles.
The 10-2 Trojans led 39-21 at half and cruised to their victory. Jalen Henry also scored 10 points for the Cougars, who slipped to 3-8.
Anderson hit 3 of 12 shots, including a trey, was 3-for-3 on his free throws and snared six rebounds.
SIUE returns home on Monday, Dec. 28, for a 7 p.m. game against Grand Canyon.