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ISSUE 120 VOL 9 PUBLISHED 12/1/2006

Brokl's last second goal spurs Ole women to late win

By Matthew Stortz
Staff Writer

Friday, December 1, 2006

The St. Olaf women's hockey team took advantage of seven power play opportunities two Saturdays ago, scoring three power play goals on their way to a 5-4 victory over St. Thomas.

The Tommies scored midway through the first period, opening up a 1-0 lead and holding it until the first intermission.

St. Olaf struck back midway through the second period on junior Lindsay Boeser's power play goal, assisted by Kim McClintick '10. The tie was short-lived, however, as St. Thomas scored again to take a 2-1 lead. Senior Susannah Brokl's unassisted shorthanded goal temporarily tied the game again, but the Tommies answered back, regaining a one goal lead and taking a 3-2 advantage into the second intermission.

Things got worse for the Oles early in the third when the Tommies scored again to take a 4-2 lead. The Oles took control of the game soon after with two power play goals, however, the first scored by Tessa Christiansen '09 and the second by McClintock. Boeser and Brokl assisted both goals. Regulation ended in a 4-4 tie, prompting one five-minute overtime period.

The game took a turn for the worse when Boeser was penalized for holding with less than two minutes remaining, meaning the Oles would play the remainder of the overtime period shorthanded. This did not phase the Oles, however. Brokl scored a shorthanded goal with just one second left to play, assisted by Janae Fabini '08, lighting the lamp for the second time in the game and giving the Oles their first win of the season.

Because the Saturday night win comes on the heels of a Friday night 3-0 loss to the Tommies, the Oles are now 1-1-0 in MIAC play. The split with St. Thomas, a perennial hockey powerhouse and MIAC title contender, gives the Oles an early advantage in the MIAC playoff hunt, and positions the Oles to proceed through the early part of their season with momentum and confidence. The Oles were ranked third in pre-season MIAC polls, and have proved themselves capable contenders early this season.

In addition to their team success, several Oles have distinguished themselves individually as well. Brokl and Boeser are currently tied for fourth and ninth, respectively, in MIAC point scoring, while both are tied for sixth in assist scoring. Brokl is tied for fourth in the goals scored category, while Boeser is ranked second in power play scoring. Christiansen and McClintick are proven scorers as well, and should only improve as the season progresses.

Shannon Herrick '09 and Sarah Mills '10 have been splitting time in goal and have played very well thus far. Despite being new to collegiate hockey, Mills has posted an impressive .935 save percentage and should only improve as the season progresses. Herrick, who started 26 games for the Oles last season, has again proven herself reliable in net.

The St. Olaf women will take on Augsburg next Friday and Saturday, in Minneapolis and Northfield, respectively. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. on both nights.

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