The Oles opened their conference season against St. Bens on Nov. 19, earning a close 2-1 victory over the Blazers.
The Oles solid defensive crew prevented the Blazers from setting up scoring opportunities, and St. Olaf netminder Kerry Rollwagen 05 stopped 17 of St. Bens 18 shots in a stellar performance in goal.
Lindsay Boeser 08 scored first for St. Olaf, netting her third goal of the season on assists from Lindsay Weier 06 and Susannah Brokl 07. Katie Bennett 08 scored St. Olafs second goal, also her second of the season, receiving assists from Laura Wild 08 and Kate Barnett 05.
Despite their close match the previous night, the Oles played well in their second game against St. Bens, handily defeating the Blazers 4-0. Andrea Smith 05 performed brilliantly in goal for the Oles, stopping all 19 St. Bens shots. The Ole offense supplemented Smiths excellent work in the net by peppering the St. Bens defense with a jaw-dropping 48 shots.
Brokl netted St. Olafs first two goals in the first period, with Weier adding two more as the period closed. Wild, Boeser, Melissa Mueller 06 and Janae Fabini 08 each earned assists.
With the two victories, St. Olaf improved to 4-2-0 overall and is in a four-way tie for the conference lead with four points.
MIAC observers have noted that St. Olafs exceptionally talented team is also exceptionally young: Five of the top six goal scorers and point earners are first-year players. As those players become accustomed to collegiate play, they should be valuable assets as the Oles push toward the playoffs.
The women resume MIAC play this weekend, hosting St. Thomas at the Structure Friday and traveling to St. Paul Saturday for another tussle with the Tommies. Fridays contest begins at 7 p.m. while Saturdays matchup gets underway at 2 p.m.