Susannah Brokl 06 scored the Oles only goal with 18:55 left in the second period. Brokls goal closed the gap to a 4-1 St. Thomas lead.
The Tommies gave an impressive performance, scoring three goals in the second period over a seven-minute stretch. Their goalie, Becky Kilpatrick, saved 20 shots. Tanaya Reitz put two goals on the board along with one assist. The Tommies also showed their strength by out-shooting the Oles 34-21.
They came out hard, Lindsay Weier 06 said. In the first period, they only scored two, but after they got to four, they just kept on going.
St. Thomas did in fact keep on going. They advanced to the MIAC Championship game against number one Gustavus on March 5, but were defeated in double overtime by the Gusties.
Although the Oles were hoping to extend their season they are proud of their accomplishments.
The women finished off their season 13-4-1. They set a school record for wins, improving their previous seasons mark by two wins.
We want to use this year as a stepping stone, Weier said. Last year, we had about twenty-two points total, and this year we had twenty-seven. We also picked up more games this year.
The women also completed their season with several standout players. Lindsay Boeser 08, Kerry Rollwagen 05, Susannah Brokl 07 and Lindsay Weier 06 were all named to the 2004-05 MIAC All-Conference team Tuesday.
The Oles will have a new team chemistry next season, as seven seniors will be graduating this year. The team is well-aware of the change.
The seniors had a huge impact on the morale and cohesiveness of our team, Weier said. They truly held our team together.
At the same time, the Oles will have seven dynamic sophomores stepping up their level of play.
Despite a tough loss and end to their season, the womens hockey team is looking forward to next season. The Oles have a great amount of potential to dominate the ice.