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ISSUE 119 VOL 11 PUBLISHED 2/24/2006

Hockey teams suffer sweeps

By Matt Tiano
Sports Editor

Friday, February 24, 2006

Both the St. Olaf men'’s and women'’s hockey teams surrendered a series of defeats over the weekend to St. Mary'’s.

Friday night in Northfield, the men fell to the Cardinals 3-2. The Oles were in a hole early, dropping a goal only 15 seconds into play. St. Olaf rebounded with two goals in the second period courtesy of Joel Ihrie and Barret Simons, but the game winner came at 16:50 by St. Mary’'s winger Adam Fingerhut.

On Saturday at St. Mary’'s, the Cardinals trailed the Oles 2-1 after the second period, prompted by a pair of Ted Bickel goals, but fell behind on the eventual game winner by the Cardinals' Adam Gill.

Friday, the women lost to St. Mary’'s 3-1 in Winona. St. Olaf scored first on Katie Bennett’'s goal, but suffered three unanswered goals in return.

On Saturday night, St. Olaf dropped the contest 4-3 in Northfield. Trailing 2-1 heading into the first intermission, St. Mary'’s came out firing in the second period, scoring three times in a 2:32 stretch.

The men, who are idle this weekend, finished their regular season 11-8-5 overall and 8-5-3 in the MIAC, good enough to secure a spot in the five-team MIAC postseason tournament.

Approaching the final weekend of the regular season, it is possible for the men to finish as high as third and as low as fifth. The Oles will not play a home game in the first round, and need St. John'’s to sweep Gustavus this weekend to avoid the Feb. 28 play-in game between the fourth and fifth seeds.

The women currently sit fifth in the conference, their playoff hopes not yet secure. They are one point ahead of sixth-place Augsburg. The Oles play last-place St. Catherine’'s this weekend, while the Auggies face off against Concordia. In order to be playoff-bound, the Oles must gain more points this weekend than the Auggies.

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