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ISSUE 120 VOL 10 PUBLISHED 12/6/2006

Women split with Auggies

By Matthew Stortz
Staff Writer

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

The St. Olaf women'’s hockey team picked up three points in MIAC play last weekend, defeating Augsburg 5-2 on Friday and tying the Auggies 6-6 on Saturday.

The Oles drew first blood on Friday when Tracy Nolan ’'07 scored a first period goal on an assist from Anna Messerly ’'09. The Oles held Augsburg scoreless to hold a 1-0 lead after the first period.

Augsburg evened the score on a power play goal minutes into the second period, but St. Olaf'’s Tessa Christensen '’09 restored the Ole’s' one-goal lead a minute later on an assist from Janae Fabini ’'08. Augsburg scored once more in the second period, this time in an even-strength situation, but it would be the last goal Augsburg would score that evening. St. Olaf'’s Kayla Hill '’10 scored on an assist from Katie Bennett '’08 minutes later to give the Oles a 3-2 advantage they would take into the second intermission.

Christensen scored her second goal of the night just seconds into the third period on assists from Lindsey Boeser ’'08 and Susannah Brokl '’07 to give the Oles a two goal lead, and Boeser added a goal of her own, assisted by Brokl, with one second remaining in regulation to literally seal the deal.

St. Olaf goalie Shannon Herrick '’09 made 28 saves to earn an outstanding .934 save percentage.

While Friday night'’s contest included much scoring, Saturday night’'s game was an offensive onslaught. The Oles and Auggies took a total of 82 shots on goal as they battled to a 6-6 tie at the Northfield Ice Arena.

Kim McClintock '’10 scored two goals and two assists to lead the Oles in scoring Saturday night. Brokl scored two goals, one on the power play and one in a shorthanded situation, and added an assist for three points of her own.

While the Oles would have preferred a second win against the Auggies, Saturday'’s contest provided a glimpse into the team’'s character. Down 5-1 midway through the second period, the Oles could have easily thrown in the towel. Instead, the Oles battled back in a gutsy effort to a 6-6 tie.

Now tied for third in MIAC standings, the Oles will get a crack at St. Ben'’s this weekend. The Bennies are just two points behind St. Olaf, and will be looking to gain ground in the MIAC standings. The Oles defeated the Bennies twice in MIAC play last season, and doing so again would position the Oles - - – who have already split a series with second-ranked St. Thomas –- - very well in the conference playoff race.

The Oles will head to St. Cloud on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff, and will return to Northfield to play the Blazers at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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