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ISSUE 118 VOL 8 PUBLISHED 11/12/2004

Womens hockey wins opener, falls to Saints Saturday

By Joel Stjernholm
Sports Editor

Friday, November 12, 2004

The St. Olaf womens hockey team opened the 2004-2005 season with a 3-1 victory against the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Friday night.

The win was a career first for head coach Sarah Moe, who was hired as the womens hockey coach this fall.

Janae Fabin 08, Kirsten Paulson 06 and Lindsay Boeser 08 all scored for St. Olaf, giving the team a solid offensive edge. Brit Schultheis 05 and Susannah Brokl 07 assisted on Fabini's first-period goal. Erin Baxter 05 assisted Paulsons goal in the second period, and Laura Wild 08 and Kelsey Skogland 07 assisted on Boeser's goal in the closing period.

The Oles powerful offense was backed up defensively by goalie Andrea Smith 05, who made 33 saves in net.

Despite their victory on Friday, the Oles could not repeat their efforts in Saturdays afternoon match against the Blugolds. Boeser scored St. Olafs only goal in the 3-1 UW-Eau Claire win. Her second period goal was assisted by Kirsten Paulson 06 and Brit Schultheis 05 and gave St. Olaf a 1-0 lead. However, Boesers goal was not enough as Eau Claire scored three times in the final two periods to win the game.

The Oles actually outshot UW-Eau Claire 25-23, but the Blugold defense held tight, preventing the Oles from capitalizing on their scoring opportunities.

Though the 1-1 split wasnt ideal, many promising aspects of the womens game came to light.

Smith will undoubtedly turn in another exceptional season in goal for the Oles, and the offense has all the components it needs once it gets rolling this season.

With two assists on the season already, Schultheis looks to finish her senior year as a captain with a strong season on the offensive end of the ice.

The Oles will count on Schultheis and Smith not only to perform on the ice, but also to provide leadership and composure off the ice as the season intensifies. By all measures, though, they have proven worthy candidates to assume leadership roles.

In addition to the seasoned veterans who are leading the Ole charge, several promising recruits have already emerged as impact players. Boeser scored two goals in the first two games of her collegiate career, with Fabin and Wild earning points as offensive threats as well.

The balance between experienced seniors and first-year players should work to the teams benefit as they hope to enjoy some continuity for future seasons.

The women will look to improve over last years results with their talented and devoted 2004-2005 team. The Oles finished 13-11-2 overall last season, with a conference record of 11-7-0.

The women will take on the University of Wisconsin-Superior for a pair of home games this weekend.

The first game is scheduled for Friday at 5:30 p.m., and the second match will commence at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

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