Ted Bickel 06 and Mitch Mudra 07 each scored two goals in St. Olafs 6-0 win over the Pipers Friday. Andy Ockuly 08 and Pat Gilles 05 also scored for St. Olaf, with John Egge 07 tallying four assists.
We were motivated because the game had playoff implications, Bickel said after the game. All four lines played well and everyone worked hard all three periods. Bickels two goals against Hamline brought his season total to 16.
Ole goalie Dan Kehler 06 played a phenomenal game in net, earning 18 saves in Fridays shutout. DKs effort was a huge part of our win Friday, Bickel said.
Kehler has been a consistent goalie for St. Olaf, stopping over 90 percent of the shots sent his way and maintaining a low 2.55 goals-against average. The Oles will rely on Kehlers abilities as they pursue a playoff berth.
The Oles were not able to replicate its offensive or defensive success during Saturdays tie, allowing Hamline to escape with just their third point of the conference season. Gilles, Egge and Mike MacMillan 08 all scored for St. Olaf.
Despite allowing a shorthanded goal with just minutes remaining in the third period, Kehler played well in net during Saturdays match, averting 13 Piper shots, including a critical overtime save.
Prior to this weekend, the Oles needed to sweep Hamline and St. Marys, the only remaining teams on their schedule, to earn a third place finish in regular season MIAC standings and a first-round bye in the MIAC playoffs. Currently tied for third with Bethel at 16 points, St. Olaf can still earn a coveted bye but must play well against a tough St. Marys team this weekend.
Adding to the tension, the Cardinals are currently tied with Gustavus for fifth place in MIAC standings. If St. Marys beats St. Olaf and Gustavus falters, the Cardinals will earn a playoff berth. However, if the Oles gain at least a win and a tie this weekend, the Cardinals season will likely be finished.
Friday nights game, potentially the teams last home game of the season, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturdays action gets underway at 7 p.m. in Winona, Minn.